Basseterre

[ bahs-tair ]
/ bɑsˈtɛər /

noun

a seaport in and the capital of St. Kitts-Nevis, in the West Indies.

Definition for basseterre (2 of 4)

Basse-Terre

[ bahs-tair; French bahs-ter ]
/ bɑsˈtɛər; French bɑsˈtɛr /

noun

a seaport in and the capital of Guadeloupe, in the French West Indies.
See under Guadeloupe.

Definition for basseterre (3 of 4)

Guadeloupe

[ gwahd-l-oop ]
/ ˌgwɑd lˈup /

noun

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 confused

Guadalupe (River) Guadeloupe

Definition for basseterre (4 of 4)

St. Kitts-Nevis

[ kits-nee-vis, -nev-is ]
/ ˈkɪtsˈni vɪs, -ˈnɛv ɪs /

noun

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.
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Examples from the Web for 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for basseterre (1 of 3)

Basseterre

/ (bæsˈtɛə, French bɑstɛr) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for basseterre (2 of 3)

Basse-Terre

/ (ˈbæsˈtɛə, French bɑstɛr) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for basseterre (3 of 3)

Guadeloupe

/ (ˌɡwɑːdəˈluːp) /

noun

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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Culture definitions for basseterre

Guadeloupe

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

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

Note

Tourism is a major industry.
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