Etymology
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West Indies

Caribbean islands explored by Columbus, 1550s, reflecting the belief (or hope) that they were western outliers of the Indies of Asia. Related: West Indian, which is from 1580s in reference to the native inhabitants, 1650s in reference to European settlers there, and 1928 in reference to people of West Indian ancestry.

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Definitions of West Indies

West Indies (n.)
the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area;
Synonyms: the Indies
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