American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An island country in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies east-southeast of Puerto Rico comprising Saint Kitts, the largest island of the group, and the islands of Nevis and Sombrero. The main islands were visited by Columbus in 1493 and settled by the English and the French in the early 1600s, being officially awarded to Great Britain by the 1783 Treaty of Paris. They were part of the West Indies Federation from 1958 to 1962 and in 1967 joined in a short-lived association with Anguilla. St. Kitts and Nevis became independent in 1983. Basseterre, on St. Kitts, is the capital. Population: 39,300.
- n. A country in the Caribbean, officially named the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, comprising of the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
- n. a country on several of the Leeward Islands; located to the east southeast of Puerto Rico; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1983
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