from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An island country in the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida and Cuba comprising some 700 islands and islets and numerous cays. The country gained its independence from Great Britain in 1973. Nassau, on New Providence Island, is the capital and the largest city. Population: 306,000.
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- proper n. A country in the Caribbean. Official names, short: The Bahamas; full: Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
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- n. island country in the Atlantic to the east of Florida and Cuba; a popular winter resort
Disputed; Spanish baja mar ("shallow sea") or from Taino ba ha ma ("big upper middle land") via Spanish. (Wiktionary)