[ber-myoo-duh z]

noun (used with a plural verb)

the Bermudas. Bermuda.
Informal. Bermuda shorts.




a group of islands in the Atlantic, 580 miles (935 km) E of North Carolina: a British colony; resort. 19 sq. mi. (49 sq. km). Capital: Hamilton.
Related formsBer·mu·dan, Ber·mu·di·an [ber-myoo-dee-uh n] /bərˈmyu di ən/, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bermudas

Historical Examples of bermudas

  • After this list was brought in there arrived a ship of Holand with 145 from the Bermudas.

  • I always get the Bahamas mixed up with the Bermudas, anyway.

    A Jolly Fellowship

    Frank R. Stockton

  • The captain's name was Savage, and he was bound for the Bermudas.

  • The Mediterranean, Helena, how blue it is—the Bermudas, how fine they are of a winter day!

  • The thing already had passed beyond the scope of the Bermudas.

    The White Invaders

    Raymond King Cummings

British Dictionary definitions for bermudas



a UK Overseas Territory consisting of a group of over 150 coral islands (the Bermudas) in the NW Atlantic: discovered in about 1503, colonized by the British by 1612, although not acquired by the British crown until 1684. Capital: Hamilton. Pop: 69 467 (2013 est). Area: 53 sq km (20 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for bermudas


Atlantic island, named for Spanish explorer Juan de Bermudez (d.1570), who discovered it c.1515. Bermuda shorts first attested 1946 (in "The Princeton Alumni Weekly"), from the type of garb worn by U.S. tourists there. Bermuda triangle in the supernatural sense was popular from 1972. As the adjective form, Bermudian (1777) holds seniority over Bermudan (1895).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for bermudas


Colony of Britain, made up of some three hundred coral islets and islands in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Cape Hatteras.


Bermuda is a popular resort.


A group of colonists on their way to Virginia in 1609 were shipwrecked in Bermuda; William Shakespeare based his play The Tempest on this incident.
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