Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • See East Indies.
  • See West Indies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The East Indies, including India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and adjacent lands.
  • proper n. The West Indies, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other islands of the Caribbean.
  • proper n. The Western Hemisphere, during the early period of European colonization and exploration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A name designating the East Indies, also the West Indies.

Etymologies

From Latin India (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Everyone knows that Jean Peters in Anne of the Indies is the mould from which all these others are cast.

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  • There was trade between Europe and certain parts of Asia which they called the Indies, and reached by going east and south by land; but this marvelous country of the Grand Khan lay beyond, and its riches remained a golden dream, known only by the travelers 'reports.

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  • On the website of the Czech label Indies, we find this intriguing statement from Kočko pronounced Kotch-ko: The carol is a very old tradition.

    Michal Shapiro: For the Holidays: Saxophones, Carols and Pagans... Oh My!

  • On the website of the Czech label Indies, we find this intriguing statement from Kočko pronounced Kotch-ko: The carol is a very old tradition.

    Michal Shapiro: For the Holidays: Saxophones, Carols and Pagans... Oh My!

  • But the West Indies is filled with people who are rarely impressed by hype and who will make a spectator sport of bringing people down just because people should be brought down.

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  • Apart from bauxite in Jamaica, there are at present no signs of over-production, and by and large The West Indies is selling all it can produce, and could probably sell a good deal more of some commodities if supply could be increased.

    Challenge of the West Indies

  • The very existence of The West Indies is a refutation of the myth of racial superiority, and we pride ourselves that we can bring to the Commonwealth community a successful demonstration that race and colour are matters of no significance in the context of human dignity and endeavour.

    Challenge of the West Indies

  • The Parliament of The West Indies is exclusively competent to legislate for defence, for the implementation of international obligations, for exchange control and for legal proceedings between the Federation and a Territory or between Territories.

    Challenge of the West Indies

  • The West Indies is poor in terms of certain materials and resources, and gains the normal advantages from international exchange.

    Challenge of the West Indies

  • Another important weakness in The West Indies is that productivity is low, in particular in certain agricultural spheres.

    Challenge of the West Indies

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