communications code word
In·​dia | \ ˈin-dē-ə How to pronounce India (audio) \

Definition of India

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used as a code word for the letter i


geographical name
In·​dia | \ ˈin-dē-ə How to pronounce India (audio) \

Definition of India (Entry 2 of 2)

1 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)
2 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
3 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

First Known Use of India

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of India was in 1952

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“India.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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