noun (used with a singular verb)
a Netherlands overseas territory in the Caribbean Sea, N and NE of Venezuela; includes the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, and St. Eustatius, and the S part of St. Martin: considered an integral part of the Dutch realm. 366 sq. mi. (948 sq. km). Capital: Willemstad.
Formerly Curaçao, Netherlands West Indies, Dutch West Indies.
OTHER WORDS FROM Netherlands AntillesNetherlands Antillean, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for netherlands west indies (1 of 2)
Netherlands West Indies
the Netherlands West Indies a former name for the Netherlands Antilles
British Dictionary definitions for netherlands west indies (2 of 2)
the Netherlands Antilles two groups of islands in the Caribbean, in the Lesser Antilles: overseas division of the Netherlands, consisting of the S group of Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire, and the N group of Saint Eustatius, Saba, and the S part of Saint Martin; economy based on refining oil from Venezuela. Capital: Willemstad (on Curaçao). Pop: 222 000 (2004 est). Area: 996 sq km (390 sq miles)Former names: (until 1949) Curaçao, the Dutch West Indies, the Netherlands West Indies
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Cultural definitions for netherlands west indies
[ (an-til-eez) ]
notes for Netherlands Antilles
The principal islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, combining Caribbean beaches and Dutch charm, are popular resorts.
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