Definition of West Indies
1 the islands lying between southeastern North America and northern South America bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic and comprising the Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, and Bahamas
2 or West Indies Federation former country including all of the British West Indies except the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands ◆The West Indies Federation was established in 1958 and was dissolved in 1961.
West Indianadjective or noun
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