Related formsAn·ti·guan, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of antigua

Historical Examples of antigua

  • His company was sent to break up a band of guerilla rancheros at Antigua.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • Balboa sent an expedition to rescue them and brought them down to Antigua.

  • There was a young bride of Antigua, who said to her mate, 'What a pig you are!'

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • Antigua, the seat of the present colonial government, is the most important.

    The Colonies 1492-1750

    Reuben Gold Thwaites

  • Instead of cash we gave them a chorus of "Antigua, antigua."

British Dictionary definitions for antigua


  1. an island in the Caribbean, one of the Leeward Islands: a British colony, with its dependency Barbuda, until 1967, when it became a British associated state; it became independent in 1981 as part of the state of Antigua and Barbuda. Area: 279 sq km (108 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for antigua


Caribbean island, from Spanish fem. of antiguo, literally "ancient, antique" (see antique); discovered by Columbus in 1493 and named by him for the church of Santa Maria la Antigua ("Old St. Mary's") in Seville.

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