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)
[an-til-ee-uh n, an-tl-ee-] /ænˈtɪl i ən, ˌæn tlˈi-/ (Show IPA), adjective
the four largest islands of the Antilles (q.v.)-Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico-lying north of the Lesser Antilles chain. They constitute nearly 90 percent of the total land area of the entire West Indies.