plural noun
  1. a chain of islands in the West Indies, divided into two parts, the one including Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico (Greater Antilles), the other including a large arch of smaller islands to the SE and S (Lesser Antilles or Caribees).
Related formsAn·til·le·an [an-til-ee-uh n, an-tl-ee-] /ænˈtɪl i ən, ˌæn tlˈi-/, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of antillean

  • The Caribbean or Antillean fauna is an exceedingly rich and varied one.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • He was one of the foremost authorities and writers on Cuban and Antillean archaeology.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 3

    Willis Fletcher Johnson

  • The same applies to Florida where, however, Antillean influences may be traced, especially in pottery designs.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane

  • This Antillean species is found in Florida, and is one of the gems among the American shallow-water shells.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • In this province are the Antillean Mountains, now mostly submerged, the principal axes of which trend east and west.

    North America

    Israel C. Russell

British Dictionary definitions for antillean


pl n
  1. the Antilles a group of islands in the CaribbeanSee also Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles
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