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[ber-myoo-duh z] /bərˈmyu dəz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
the Bermudas. Bermuda.
Informal. Bermuda shorts.


[ber-myoo-duh] /bərˈmyu də/
a group of islands in the Atlantic, 580 miles (935 km) E of North Carolina: a British colony; resort. 19 sq. mi. (49 sq. km).
Capital: Hamilton.
Also, Ber·mu·das.
Related forms
Bermudan, Bermudian
[ber-myoo-dee-uh n] /bərˈmyu di ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • A vessel was even dispatched to the Bermudas to seize there a supply of powder, of which the general, always listening, had heard.

    George Washington, Vol. I Henry Cabot Lodge
  • Dew from the Bermudas was probably wanted for some of his magical rites.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8 Charles H. Sylvester
  • An interesting account of the appearance of a vast swarm of these butterflies in the Bermudas is given by Jones in "Psyche," vol.

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • Remember that every year many birds are blown to Madeira and to the Bermudas.

  • Justice Overdo mentions the Bermudas with a righteous indignation.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • I always get the Bahamas mixed up with the Bermudas, anyway.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • Can you explain why the Ionian is headed for the Bermudas, for you have later information than any in my possession?

    Fighting for the Right Oliver Optic
  • The Mediterranean, Helena, how blue it is—the Bermudas, how fine they are of a winter day!

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • The Bermudas were from the earliest times recognized as an important marine station.

    The Colonies 1492-1750 Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • The thing already had passed beyond the scope of the Bermudas.

    The White Invaders Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for Bermudas


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)
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Word Origin and History for Bermudas


Atlantic island, named for Spanish explorer Juan de Bermudez (d.1570), who discovered it c.1515. Bermuda shorts first attested 1946 (in "The Princeton Alumni Weekly"), from the type of garb worn by U.S. tourists there. Bermuda triangle in the supernatural sense was popular from 1972. As the adjective form, Bermudian (1777) holds seniority over Bermudan (1895).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bermudas in Culture

Bermuda definition

Colony of Britain, made up of some three hundred coral islets and islands in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Cape Hatteras.

Note: Bermuda is a popular resort.
Note: A group of colonists on their way to Virginia in 1609 were shipwrecked in Bermuda; William Shakespeare based his play The Tempest on this incident.
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