plural noun

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for antilles

Historical Examples of antilles

  • From the seedlings of this plant came most of the coffee trees of the Antilles.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • The Acoma, says Turiault, is one of the grandest trees in the forests of the Antilles.

    "Gombo Zhbes"

    Lafcadio Hearn

  • The chief population of Trinidad is, that of the Antilles was, Carib.

    Man and His Migrations

    R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham

  • Hispaniola or Haiti is the second largest island in the Antilles.

  • The Negro element exhibits a marked predominance only in the Antilles.

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

British Dictionary definitions for antilles


pl n

the Antilles a group of islands in the CaribbeanSee also Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles
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