West Indian


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West In·dies

 (ĭn′dēz)
An archipelago between southeast North America and northern South America, separating the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean and including the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Bahama Islands. The original inhabitants were Caribs and Arawaks. Several of the islands were sighted and explored by Columbus during his voyages of 1492-1504. The first permanent European settlement was made by the Spanish on Hispaniola in 1496. During the colonial period the English, French, and Dutch also laid claim to various islands, and the United States acquired Puerto Rico and part of the Virgin Islands in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

West Indian adj. & n.

West Indian

adj
1. (Placename) of or relating to the West Indies, its inhabitants, or their language or culture
2. (Peoples) of or relating to the West Indies, its inhabitants, or their language or culture
3. (Languages) of or relating to the West Indies, its inhabitants, or their language or culture
4. (Placename) native to or derived from the West Indies
n
5. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of the West Indies
6. (Peoples) a person of West Indian descent
Usage: Using West Indian to refer to people of this ancestry living in Britain may cause offence. Possible alternatives are Black and Afro-Caribbean
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.West Indian - a native or inhabitant of the West Indies
the Indies, West Indies - the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area
Anguillan - a native or inhabitant of the island of Anguilla in the West Indies
Antiguan - a native or inhabitant of Antigua
Bahamian - a native or inhabitant of the Bahamas
Barbadian - a native or inhabitant of Barbados
Cuban - a native or inhabitant of Cuba
Haitian - a native or inhabitant of Haiti
Jamaican - a native or inhabitant of Jamaica
Montserratian - a native or inhabitant of Montserrat
American - a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country
Grenadian - a native or inhabitant of Grenada
Dominican - a native or inhabitant of the Dominican Republic
Tobagonian - a native or inhabitant of the island of Tobago in the West Indies
Translations
karibskýobyvatel Karibiku
vestindervestindisk
länsi-intialainen
Karibljaninkaripski
西インド諸島の西インド諸島の人
서인도 제도 사람서인도 제도의
västindiervästindisk
người Tây Ấnthuộc Tây Ấn

West Indian

[ˌwestˈɪndɪən]
A. ADJantillano
B. Nantillano/a m/f

West Indian

2. nabitante m/f (or originario/a) delle Indie Occidentali

West Indian

بِالنِّسْبَةِ إِلَى الهِنْدِ الغَرْبِيَّة, شَخْصٌ مِنَ الهِنْدِ الغَرْبِيَّة karibský, obyvatel Karibiku vestinder, vestindisk Westindier, westindisch από τις Δυτικές Ινδίες antillano länsi-intialainen antillais Karibljanin, karipski indiano 西インド諸島の, 西インド諸島の人 서인도 제도 사람, 서인도 제도의 West-Indiër, West-Indisch vestinder, vestindisk Antylczyk, zachodnioindyjski antilhano вест-индский, житель Вест-Индии västindier, västindisk ชาวหมู่เกาะอินเดียตะวันตกในทะเลแคริบเบียน, ที่เกี่ยวกับหมู่เกาะอินเดียตะวันตกในทะเลแคริบเบียน Batı Hint Adaları người Tây Ấn, thuộc Tây Ấn 西印度群岛人, 西印度群岛的
References in classic literature ?
The hard West Indian heiress looked harder than ever with a pen in her hand.
The geologist, who is fully impressed with the vast oscillations of level which have affected the earth's crust within late periods, will not fear to speculate on the recent elevation of the Mexican platform, or, more probably, on the recent submergence of land in the West Indian Archipelago, as the cause of the present zoological separation of North and South America.
Under that, the miscellany began--a quadrant, a tin canikin, several sticks of tobacco, two brace of very handsome pistols, a piece of bar silver, an old Spanish watch and some other trinkets of little value and mostly of foreign make, a pair of compasses mounted with brass, and five or six curious West Indian shells.
A mixture of absinth and some West Indian bitters," Granet replied.
I'm not speaking about the West Indian heiress, Miss Osborne, but about a poor girl whom George once loved, and who was bred from her childhood to think of nobody but him.
Was there any chance of his being hereafter useful to Sir Thomas in the concerns of his West Indian property?
It might have been darted by some Nor' West Indian long before America was discovered.
As to the captain, he had been for years in coasters, then in the Mediterranean, and last in the West Indian trade.
Look at his wings," said he, "he reminds me rather of a West Indian insect; one does not often see so large and gay a night-rover in England; there
A narrow entrance was flanked on either side by a row of brasses, ranging upwards from the shipbrokers and the solicitors who occupied the ground floors, through a long succession of West Indian agents, architects, surveyors, and brokers, to the firm of which they were in quest.
The West Indian Islands stand on a deeply submerged bank, nearly 1000 fathoms in depth, and here we find American forms, but the species and even the genera are distinct.
Self-emancipation even in the West Indian provinces of the fancy and imagination -- what Wilberforce is there to bring that about?