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East Indies

plural noun
Also called the Indies. SE Asia, including India, Indonesia, and the Malay Archipelago.
the Malay Archipelago.
Also called East India.
Related forms
East Indian, adjective, noun
pseudo-East Indian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Then word came that he was dead, drowned off in the East Indies somewheres.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The East Indies, where the population is native, are Animistic.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • The French settlements in the East Indies were of small account.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • In some parts of the East Indies the custom is declining; in others it is extinct.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Fine as the sea life was for him, life in the East Indies was very trying.

    Historic Boyhoods

    Rupert Sargent Holland
  • But it is far from being the tallest in the world, or in the East Indies either.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • The name given to store-houses and magazines in the East Indies.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A term in the East Indies for a fort, and also for an alligator.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Indeed, it is but a chance that he is out in the East Indies at all.

    Athelstane Ford Allen Upward
British Dictionary definitions for East Indies

East Indies

plural noun the East Indies
the Malay Archipelago, including or excluding the Philippines
SE Asia in general
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