a UK Overseas Territory consisting of a group of over 150 coral islands (the Bermudas) in the NW Atlantic: discovered in about 1503, colonized by the British by 1612, although not acquired by the British crown until 1684. Capital: Hamilton. Pop: 69 467 (2013 est). Area: 53 sq km (20 sq miles)
Atlantic island, named for Sp. explorer Juan de Bermudez (d.1570), who discovered it c.1515. Bermuda shorts first attested 1953 (in "The Long Goodbye" by Raymond Chandler), from the type of garb worn by U.S. tourists there. Bermuda triangle is attested from 1964.