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Virgin Islands

plural noun
a group of islands in the West Indies, E of Puerto Rico: comprises the Virgin Islands of the United States and the British Virgin Islands.
Abbreviation: V.I., VI. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Rick remembered that the Revolutionary hero had been brought up in the Virgin Islands.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • They had hardly used the lungs since returning from the Virgin Islands.

  • Maracay, he said, was the jumping off place for the thousand-mile jump to the Virgin Islands.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (
  • Besides, I want you all to have a pleasant recollection of the Virgin Islands.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • In 1653 he was caught in a storm in the Virgin Islands, and his fleet was wrecked.

    The Pirates' Who's Who Philip Gosse
  • Our orders were to proceed northward, and to cruise off the Virgin Islands, near which she was said to have been last seen.

    Percival Keene Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands

plural noun
a group of about 100 small islands (14 inhabited) in the Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico: discovered by Columbus (1493); consists of the British Virgin Islands in the east and the Virgin Islands of the United States in the west and south. Pop: 136 649 (2013 est). Area: 497 sq km (192 sq miles)
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Virgin Islands in Culture

Virgin Islands definition

Islands in the Caribbean Sea, east of Puerto Rico, owned by the United States and Britain.

Note: Christopher Columbus discovered the Virgin Islands in 1493.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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