West Indies

geographical name

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

Note: The West Indies Federation was established in 1958 and was dissolved in 1961.

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West Indian adjective or noun

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“West Indies.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/West%20Indies. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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