communications code word

In·​dia ˈin-dē-ə How to pronounce India (audio)
used as a code word for the letter i

Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of India was in 1952

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Cite this Entry

“India.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

In·​dia ˈin-dē-ə How to pronounce India (audio)
large peninsular region that is usually referred to as a subcontinent and is located in southern Asia south of the Himalayas between the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea; occupied by the countries India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh and formerly often considered to include Burma (but not Ceylon)
those parts of the peninsula of India that until 1947 were under British rule or protection together with Baluchistan, the Andaman Islands, the Nicobar Islands and, prior to 1937, Burma
country comprising the major portion of the peninsula; a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations; until 1947 a part of the British Empire; capital New Delhi area 1,269,219 square miles (3,287,263 square kilometers), population 1,296,834,000

see also indian sense 1

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