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[ French grahnd-ter ]
/ French grɑ̃dˈtɛr /


See under Guadeloupe.



Definition for grande-terre (2 of 2)


[ gwahd-l-oop ]
/ ˌgwɑd lˈup /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grande-terre

  • Le Moule (10,378) on the east coast of Grande-Terre does a considerable export trade in sugar, despite its poor harbour.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6|Various
  • On Grande-Terre the highest elevation is only 450 ft., and this island is the seat of extensive sugar plantations.

British Dictionary definitions for grande-terre (1 of 2)


/ (French ɡrɑ̃dtɛr) /


a French island in the Caribbean, in the Lesser Antilles: one of the two main islands which constitute Guadeloupe. Chief town: Pointe-à-Pitre

British Dictionary definitions for grande-terre (2 of 2)


/ (ˌɡwɑːdəˈluːp) /


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 grande-terre


[ (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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