[nas-aw; for 2, 3, also German nah-sou]
a seaport on New providence Island: capital of the Bahamas; seaside resort.
a district in central Germany: formerly a duchy, now a part of Hesse.
a member of a European royal family that ruled chiefly in Germany and the Netherlands until the 19th century.
Golf. an eighteen-hole match in which one point each is awarded to the players having the lowest score for the first nine holes, for the second nine holes, and for the entire round. Unabridged


[buh-hah-muhz, -hey-]
noun (used with a plural verb)
a group of islands in the W Atlantic Ocean, SE of Florida.
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 Unabridged
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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

1.  a region of W central Germany: formerly a duchy (1816--66), from which a branch of the House of Orange arose (represented by the present rulers of the Netherlands and Luxembourg); annexed to the Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau in 1866; corresponds to present-day W Hesse and NE Rhineland-Palatinate states
2.  the capital and chief port of the Bahamas, on the NE coast of New Providence Island: resort. Pop: 229 000 (2005 est)

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Word Origin & History

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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