Definition of West Indian in English:

West Indian

Syllabification: West In·di·an

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of any of the islands of the West Indies.
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    • The panel included voters from every Test nation, still their final choice of five came from only three teams - two Australians, two West Indians and an Englishman.
    • Many black Africans and West Indians found employment on British vessels as personal servants or more often in the formal role of cooks or stewards.
    • These fundamentally contrasting images and generalisations about Asians and West Indians are not hidden away in private conversations, to be teased out through subtle research.
  • 1.1A person of West Indian descent.
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    • English is the first language of some of the Blacks who are descended from West Indians.
    • Since the 1960s, immigrant Asians and West Indians have lacked confidence in the British Government's capacity to deal with them justly.
    • He highlights the contribution which British West Indians have made to the development of modern Costa Rica.

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  • Of or relating to the West Indies or its people.
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    • It reflects a moment in which Jamaican pop music was synthesising Black R&B and West Indian mento music.
    • The beat of very loud West Indian music could be heard emanating from the house, and he had to wait some time for an answer.
    • Well, I kind of grew up around West Indian music because of the area where I lived.

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