British West Indies


plural noun

a term formerly used for the possessions of Great Britain in the West Indies.Compare West Indies (def. 2).

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British Dictionary definitions for British West Indies

British West Indies

pl n

a former name for the states in the Caribbean that are members of the Commonwealth: the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; along with the islands which remain as United Kingdom dependencies: Anguilla, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands
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