- (used with a plural verb) a group of islands in the W Atlantic Ocean, SE of Florida.
- (used with a singular verb) an independent country comprising this group: formerly a British colony; gained independence 1973. 4404 sq. mi. (11,406 sq. km). Capital: Nassau.
Examples from the Web for bahamas
Casino resorts thrive in the Bahamas and have a presence in almost every port of call for hundreds of miles.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?
John L. Smith
December 18, 2014
No, there are no Popeyes chicken franchises in the Bahamas, and probably just as many local fans of college ball.Welcome to the 2014 College Football Season: Exploitation, Florida State, and the Accused
August 28, 2014
The Musician, located in Copperfield Bay in the Bahamas, was made in collaboration with musician David Copperfield.Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Underwater Sculptures Are a Sight to Sea
April 7, 2014
Jolly attacked Sink for using a state plane to “get to a vacation in the Bahamas.”Despite Their Loss In Florida’s Special Election, Democrats Shouldn’t Panic Over November
March 12, 2014
He was seen by several passengers at the Bahamas hotel in Giglio port looking for dry socks.Captain Schettino Returns to Costa Concordia Crime Scene
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 27, 2014
The fame of his success in raising the wreck off the Bahamas had already preceded him.Self-Help
Guanahani was low; Cat Island is the loftiest of the Bahamas.
I have thought of naught else since we came through the Bahamas.In the Days of Drake
J. S. Fletcher
I always get the Bahamas mixed up with the Bermudas, anyway.
It was a big, fat pamphlet about the Bahamas, and she was studying up for her stay there.
- the Bahamas a group of over 700 coral islands (about 20 of which are inhabited) in the Caribbean: a British colony from 1783 until 1964; an independent nation within the Commonwealth from 1973. Language: English. Currency: Bahamian dollar. Capital: Nassau. Pop: 319 031 (2013 est). Area: 13 939 sq km (5381 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for bahamas
islands discovered by Columbus in 1492, settled by English in 1648, long after the native population had been wiped out by disease or carried off into slavery; the name is said to be from Spanish baja mar "low sea," in reference to the shallow water here, but more likely represents a local name, Guanahani, whose origin had been lost and whose meaning has been forgotten.