Antilles

Antillean /an til"ee euhn, an'tl ee"-/, adj.
/an til"eez/, n. (used with a pl. v.)
a chain of islands in the West Indies, divided into two parts, the one including Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico (Greater Antilles), the other including a large arch of smaller islands to the SE and S (Lesser Antilles or Caribees).

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▪ islands, Atlantic Ocean
      group of islands located in the Caribbean Sea and comprising all of the West Indies except the Bahamas. They are divided into two major groups: the Greater Antilles, including Cuba, Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic), Jamaica, and Puerto Rico; and the Lesser Antilles, comprising all the rest of the islands.

      The term Antilles dates traditionally from before Europeans reached the New World, when Antilia referred to semimythical lands located somewhere west of Europe across the Atlantic. On medieval charts it was sometimes indicated as a continent or large island and sometimes as an archipelago. After “discovery” of the West Indies by Christopher Columbus (Columbus, Christopher), the Spanish term Antillas was commonly assigned to the new lands, and “Sea of the Antilles” in various European languages is used as an alternate designation for the Caribbean Sea. Pop. (2000 est.) 36,443,000.

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  • Antilles — [an til′ēz΄] main island group of the West Indies, including all but the Bahamas: see GREATER ANTILLES, LESSER ANTILLES Antillean [an til′ē ən; an΄tə lē′ən] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Antilles — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Antilles (homonymie). Antilles Carte des Antilles (en vert) dans la Caraïbe. Superficie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Antilles — The Antilles (the same in French; Antillas in Spanish; Antillen in Dutch) refers to the islands forming the greater part of the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea. The Antilles are divided into two major groups: the Greater Antilles to the north… …   Wikipedia

  • Antilles — /ænˈtɪliz/ (say an tileez) plural noun a chain of islands in the West Indies, divided into the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico), and, to the south east, the Lesser Antilles (the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Antilles — geographical name the West Indies excluding the Bahamas see Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles • Antillean adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Antilles — islands of the West Indies excluding the Bahamas; comprises Greater Antilles: Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico; and Lesser Antilles: Trinidad, the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands, and other small islands …   Webster's Gazetteer

  • Antilles — An•til•les [[t]ænˈtɪl iz[/t]] n. pl. geg a chain of islands in the West Indies, divided into two parts, one including Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico (Greater Antilles), the other including a large arch of smaller islands to the SE and …   From formal English to slang

  • Antilles — noun a group of islands in the West Indies • Instance Hypernyms: ↑archipelago • Part Holonyms: ↑West Indies, ↑the Indies • Part Meronyms: ↑Greater Antilles, ↑Lesser Antilles, ↑Cari …   Useful english dictionary

  • Antilles —    See Netherlands Antilles …   Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands

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