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East Indies

plural noun
  1. Also called the Indies. SE Asia, including India, Indonesia, and the Malay Archipelago.
  2. the Malay Archipelago.
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Also called East India.
Related formsEast Indian, adjective, nounpseu·do-East In·di·an, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples

  • They are so call'd, because the same sort is found in the East-Indies.

    A New Voyage to Carolina

    John Lawson

  • The manner of building is somewhat strange: yet generally used in this Part of the East-Indies.

  • The child is yours: for it cannot belong to a man who has been three years absent in the East-Indies.

British Dictionary definitions for east indies

East Indies

pl n the East Indies
  1. the Malay Archipelago, including or excluding the Philippines
  2. SE Asia in general
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