West Indies
geographical name 1. the islands lying between SE North America & N South America bordering the Caribbean & comprising the Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, & Bahamas 2. (or West Indies Federation) former country including all of the British West Indies except the Bahamas & the British Virgin Islands; established 1958, dissolved 1961 • West Indian adjective or noun

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  • West Indies — large group of islands between North America & South America: it includes the Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, & Bahamas West Indian adj., n …   English World dictionary

  • West Indies — noun the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑the Indies • Members of this Topic: ↑obeah, ↑obi • Instance Hypernyms: ↑archipelago …   Useful english dictionary

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  • WEST INDIES —    (3,000), an archipelago of islands extending in a curve between North and South America from Florida on the one side to the delta of the Orinoco on the other, in sight of each other almost all the way, and constituting the summits of a sunken… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • West Indies — /wɛst ˈɪndiz/ (say west indeez) plural noun 1. an archipelago in the northern Atlantic between North and South America, enclosing the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico; divided into the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Bahamas. 2 …   Australian English dictionary

  • West Indies — noun a) The islands of the Caribbean sea. b) A Federation of Caribbean states which, together with Guyana, play Test matches as if they were a single nation. See Also: West Indian …   Wiktionary

  • West Indies — Cuba, Bahamas, Greater and Lesser Antilles, Jamaica, Puerto Rico …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

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