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An island in the Leeward Islands of the British West Indies northwest of Guadeloupe. Claimed for Spain by Columbus in 1493, it was colonized by the English after 1632 but held by the French at various periods before being awarded to Great Britain in 1783. A volcanic eruption of the Soufrière Hills in 1995 devastated much of the island and forced the evacuation of most of its population.


1. (Placename) a volcanic island in the Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands: a UK Overseas Territory: much of the island rendered uninhabitable by volcanic eruptions in 1997. Capital: Brades (replacing Plymouth, effectively destroyed by the eruption). Pop: 5189 (2013 est). Area: 103 sq km (40 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a mountain in NE Spain, northwest of Barcelona: famous Benedictine monastery. Height: 1235 m (4054 ft). Ancient name: Mons Serratus


(ˌmɒnt səˈræt)

an island in the Leeward Islands, in the West Indies: British crown colony. 11,852; 39 sq.mi. (102 sq. km).
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Noun1.Montserrat - a volcanic island in the CaribbeanMontserrat - a volcanic island in the Caribbean; in the West Indies
the Indies, West Indies - the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area
Montserratian - a native or inhabitant of Montserrat
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We will go to Palestine, where Conrade, Marquis of Montserrat, is my friend a friend free as myself from the doting scruples which fetter our free-born reason rather with Saladin will we league ourselves, than endure the scorn of the bigots whom we contemn.
The uncertainty of knowing exactly when she will blow and the instability of the debris from the last eruption means 60 per cent of Montserrat remains an exclusion zone.
Native to the Caribbean island of Montserrat, not much is known about the tarantula.
Native to the Caribbean island of Montserrat, very little is known about the tarantulas and how they live.
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Tour highlights uEnjoy a guided tour of Barcelona uSee Gaudi 's Sagrada Familia uJourney to the sacred mountaintop shrine at Montserrat uEnjoy a scenic journey through the Catalan Pyrenees uFully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager uFive nights' four-star dinner, bed and breakfast hotel accommodation, return flights and transfers
We went Barbados to St Martin to Antigua to Curacao, back to Antigua and St Martin, then St Kitts and back to Curacao to Antigua, a boat to Montserrat and back to Antigua then back to London.
Montserrat Caballe accepted the medal with gratitude and said that it was given as a sign of warmth and love.
Il convient de savoir que Montserrat est un officier espagnol, qui a pris le parti des revolutionnaires venezueliens, horrifie par les traitements que font subir ses compatriotes aux indigenes.
It will be fiesta time on New Year's Eve at La Cuina, the Catalan deli and cafe in King's Road, Canton, Cardiff, where Montserrat Edwards, who grew up in the foothills of the Pyrenees, will be reviving a grape eating tradition with diners that's still practised there at midnight.
The island of Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory in the West Indies' Lesser Antilles island chain, has been devastated by the forces of nature in its recent history, but could its fortunes as an overseas destination soon be on the rise again?