Bahamas

[buh-hah-muhz, -hey-]
noun (used with a plural verb)
1.
a group of islands in the W Atlantic Ocean, SE of Florida.
2.
an independent country comprising this group: formerly a British colony; gained independence 1973. 4404 sq. mi. (11,406 sq. km). Capital: Nassau.
Also called Bahama Islands.

Bahamian [buh-hey-mee-uhn, -hah-] , noun, adjective
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Bahamas or Bahama Islands (bəˈhɑːməz)
 
pl n
the Bahamas a group of over 700 coral islands (about 20 of which are inhabited) in the Caribbean: a British colony from 1783 until 1964; an independent nation within the Commonwealth from 1973. Language: English. Currency: Bahamian dollar. Capital: Nassau. Pop: 317 000 (2004 est). Area: 13 939 sq km (5381 sq miles)
 
Bahama Islands or Bahama Islands
 
pl n

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Bahamas
islands discovered by Columbus in 1492, settled by English in 1648, long after the native population had been wiped out by disease or carried off into slavery; the name is said to be from Sp. baja mar "low sea," in ref. to the shallow water here, but more likely represents a local name, Guanahani, whose
origin had been lost and whose meaning has been forgotten.
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Bahamas [(buh-hah-muhz)]

Republic in the Atlantic Ocean, consisting of 700 islands and islets and 2,400 smaller islands, called cays.

Note: The Bahamas were under the control of Britain until 1973, when they became an independent, self-governing state.
Note: The Bahamas are a popular winter resort.
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Example sentences for bahamas
The economy of the metro area is slightly larger than that of the bahamas.
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