Netherlands Antilles

noun(used with a singular verb)
  1. 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 Antilles

  • Netherlands Antillean, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for Netherlands Antilles

Netherlands Antilles

pl n
  1. 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 Antilles

Netherlands Antilles

[ (an-til-eez) ]

Group of islands, administered by The Netherlands, in the Caribbean Sea, off the northern coast of Venezuela.

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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