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East Indies

plural noun
1.
Also called the Indies. SE Asia, including India, Indonesia, and the Malay Archipelago.
2.
the Malay Archipelago.
Also called East India.
Related forms
East Indian, adjective, noun
pseudo-East Indian, adjective, noun

Indies

[in-deez] /ˈɪn diz/
noun
1.
the. (used with a plural verb) West Indies (def 1).
2.
(used with a plural verb) East Indies (def 1).
3.
(used with a singular verb) a region in and near S and SE Asia; India, Indochina, and the East Indies.

West Indies

noun
1.
(used with a plural verb). Also called the Indies. an archipelago in the N Atlantic between North and South America, comprising the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Bahamas.
2.
(used with a singular verb) Federation of, Also called West Indies Federation. a former federation (1958–62) of the British islands in the Caribbean, comprising Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, and the Windward and Leeward island colonies.
Related forms
West Indian, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for the-indies

West Indies

/ˈɪndɪz/
noun (functioning as singular or pl)
1.
an archipelago off Central America, extending over 2400 km (1500 miles) in an arc from the peninsula of Florida to Venezuela, separating the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean: consists of the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Bahamas; largest island is Cuba. Area: over 235 000 sq km (91 000 sq miles) Also called the Caribbean

East Indies

plural noun the East Indies
1.
the Malay Archipelago, including or excluding the Philippines
2.
SE Asia in general

Indies

/ˈɪndɪz/
noun the Indies
1.
the territories of S and SE Asia included in the East Indies, India, and Indochina
2.
3.
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Word Origin and History for the-indies

Indies

1550s, plural of Indie, Indy, from Middle English Ynde (early 13c.) "India," from the Old French form of Latin India (see India). Commonly applied to Asia and the East, later applied to the Caribbean basin, in a time of geographical confusion, which was distinguished from Asia proper by being called the West Indies.

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West Indies definition


Archipelago between North America and South America curving from southern Florida to Venezuela.

Note: It is a popular resort area.
Note: Several of the islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492.
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