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Bahamas

Line breaks: Ba¦ha|mas
Pronunciation: /bəˈhɑːməz
 
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Definition of Bahamas in English:

A country consisting of an archipelago off the SE coast of Florida, part of the West Indies; population 307,600 (est. 2009); languages, English (official), Creole; capital, Nassau.

It was there that Columbus made his first landfall in the New World (12 October 1492). The islands were a British colony from the 18th century until they gained independence within the Commonwealth in 1973

Derivatives

Bahamian

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Pronunciation: /bəˈheɪmɪən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • I doubt that most middle class Bahamians could afford to shop and eat fresh beef and fresh chicken and fresh vegetables every day.
  • The first was to legislate loyalty to the Bahamas for white Bahamians.
  • In truth, Bahamians are a lot worse off than the statistics show.

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