Bahamas

[ buh-hah-muh z, -hey- ]
/ bəˈhɑ məz, -ˈheɪ- /

noun

(used with a plural verb) a group of islands in the W Atlantic Ocean, SE of Florida.
(used with a singular verb) an independent country comprising this group: formerly a British colony; gained independence 1973. 4404 sq. mi. (11,406 sq. km). Capital: Nassau.
Also called Bahama Islands.

Related forms

Ba·ha·mi·an [buh-hey-mee-uh n, -hah-] /bəˈheɪ mi ən, -ˈhɑ-/, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bahamas

Bahamas

Bahama Islands

/ (bəˈhɑːməz) /

pl n

the Bahamas a group of over 700 coral islands (about 20 of which are inhabited) in the Caribbean: a British colony from 1783 until 1964; an independent nation within the Commonwealth from 1973. Language: English. Currency: Bahamian dollar. Capital: Nassau. Pop: 319 031 (2013 est). Area: 13 939 sq km (5381 sq miles)
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Culture definitions for bahamas

Bahamas

[ (buh-hah-muhz) ]

Republic in the Atlantic Ocean, consisting of 700 islands and islets and 2,400 smaller islands, called cays.

Note

The Bahamas were under the control of Britain until 1973, when they became an independent, self-governing state.

Note

The Bahamas are a popular winter resort.
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