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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. 2018.
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  • If you want to see a rare one, here's a Virgin Islands down here——'

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • They had hardly used the lungs since returning from the Virgin Islands.

  • 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
  • At last, among the Virgin Islands, he was overtaken by the most destructive of the many storms he had experienced.

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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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