Federation of the West Indies. (used with a singular verb) a former federation (1958–62) of the British islands in the Caribbean, comprising Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, and the Windward and Leeward island colonies.: Also called West Indies Federation .
- West Indian, adjective, noun
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How to use West Indies in a sentence
In his statement, the 28-year-old de Kock said he did not “mean to disrespect anyone by not playing against West Indies” but was instead reacting to what he felt was an unnecessary directive imposed on him with disconcertingly short notice.South African cricketer apologizes for refusing to take a knee before match | Des Bieler | October 28, 2021 | Washington Post
A few historians insist that the smoking technique dates to Indigenous tribes in the West Indies cooking meat over an indirect flame.Vegan barbecue is carving out a place in traditional meat-smoking regions | Jess Eng | September 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Voodoo is the official religion of Haiti and was brought into the West Indies nation by African slaves.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism | Dina Goldstein | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The synchronized dance has locations from the West Indies to Austria and Hong Kong to Australia.
Jackson, who came from the West Indies, was 18 when he was sold to the radical religious leader John Rogers in 1686.Was Slavery as Harmful in the North as It Was in the South? | Eric Herschthal | May 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The West Indies image, taken by Glaswegian royal photographer Harry Benson, was found undeveloped in a roll of archived film.Unseen Queen: Intimate Photos From HM's 60 Year Reign | Tom Sykes | December 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Booker-McConnell was a firm with interests (principally sugar and rum) in the West Indies.
The acid is extracted from the juice of the citron, the lime, and the lemon, fruits grown in Sicily and the West Indies.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Receiving small encouragement in England, he applied to sugar-cane planters to give his engines a trial in the West Indies.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
I expect that the people who ordered the engine for the West Indies are also tired of waiting.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
She presently returned, and said, that Mr. Brownlow had sold off his goods, and gone to the West Indies six weeks before.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
This island produces at the present time the finest cigar leaf of the West Indies, which is considered by many as the best grown.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for West Indies
an archipelago off Central America, extending over 2400 km (1500 miles) in an arc from the peninsula of Florida to Venezuela, separating the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean: consists of the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Bahamas; largest island is Cuba. Area: over 235 000 sq km (91 000 sq miles): Also called: the Caribbean
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Cultural definitions for West Indies
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