Share this entry

Share this page

Virgin Islands

Syllabification: Vir·gin Is·lands
Pronunciation: /ˌvərjən ˈīləndz
 
/

Definition of Virgin Islands in English:

A group of Caribbean islands at the eastern end of the Greater Antilles, divided between US and British administration. The islands were settled, mainly in the 17th century, by British and Danish sugar planters. The US islands include about 50 islands; population 109,800 (est. 2009); capital, Charlotte Amalie (on St. Thomas). They were purchased from Denmark in 1917 because of their strategic position. The British islands consist of about 40 islands in the northeastern part of the group; population 24,500 (est. 2009); capital, Road Town (on Tortola).

Definition of Virgin Islands in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…