- (used with a plural verb) Also called the Indies. an archipelago in the N Atlantic between North and South America, comprising the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Bahamas.
- (used with a singular verb) Federation of. Also called West Indies Federation. a former federation (1958–62) of the British islands in the Caribbean, comprising Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, and the Windward and Leeward island colonies.
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They would not leave us the West-Indies, although useless to them.Diary in America, Series Two
Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Answer to a mistaken opinion, that the warmth of the climate in the West-Indies, will not permit white people to labour there.
She was in the West-Indies, and the yellow fever had broken out on board.The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph
Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field
I have been very badly used in the West-Indies, but I go any where with you, to the end of the world.'The Adopted Daughter
This gentleman resided for many years in the West-Indies, in the clerical office.
- 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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It is a popular resort area.
Several of the islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492.
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