[bahs-tair; French bahs-ter]
  1. a seaport in and the capital of Guadeloupe, in the French West Indies.
  2. See under Guadeloupe.


  1. two islands (Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre) separated by a narrow channel in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies: together with five dependencies they form an overseas department of France. 687 sq. mi. (1179 sq. km). Capital: Basse-Terre.
Can be confusedGuadalupe (River) Guadeloupe

St. Kitts-Nevis

[kits-nee-vis, -nev-is]
  1. a twin-island state in the Leeward Islands, in the E West Indies, consisting of the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis: formerly a British colony and member of the West Indies Associated States; gained independence 1983. 104 sq. mi. (269 sq. km). Capital: Basseterre. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for basseterre

Historical Examples of basseterre

  • We came to an anchor before the town of Basseterre, the capital of the island.

    Old Jack

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Why, we've got him safe under lock and key here at Basseterre.

  • We anchored off Basseterre and waited in vain for the doctor.

    Jungle Peace

    William Beebe

  • Fort Fleur d'Épée was taken by storm, and the place not being tenable after this loss, the British crossed over to Basseterre.

British Dictionary definitions for basseterre


  1. a port in the Caribbean, on St Kitts in the Leeward Islands: the capital of St Kitts-Nevis. Pop: 13 220 (2001)


  1. a mountainous island in the Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands, comprising part of Guadeloupe. Area: 848 sq km (327 sq miles)
  2. a port in W Guadeloupe, on Basse-Terre Island: the capital of the French Overseas Department of Guadeloupe. Pop: 12 410 (1999)


  1. an overseas region of France in the E Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands, formed by the islands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre and several offlying islands; in 2007 the island of Saint-Barthélemy and the part-island dependency of Saint-Martin were separated from Guadeloupe to become Overseas Collectivities directly subordinate to France. Capital: Basse-Terre. Pop: 405 500 (2007 est). Area: 1780 sq km (687 sq miles)
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basseterre in Culture


[(gwahd-l-oohp, gwahd-l-oohp)]

Island in the eastern portion of the West Indies; an overseas territory of France.


Tourism is a major industry.
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