East India Company


Definition of East India Company

: any of several companies organized chiefly during the 17th and 18th centuries for carrying on trade with the East Indies

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First Known Use of East India Company

1608, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for East India Company

East India, collective name applied loosely and vaguely to India, Indochina, and the Malay archipelago

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