- Indies 1550s, plural of Indie, Indy, from M.E. Ynde (early 13c.) "India," from the O.Fr. form of L. India (see INDIA (Cf. India)). Commonly applied to Asia and the East, later applied to the Caribbean basin, in a time of geographical confusion, which was distinguished from Asia proper by being called the West Indies.
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Indies — In dies, n. pl. A name designating the East Indies, also the West Indies. [1913 Webster] Our king has all the Indies in his arms. Shak. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Indies — [in′dēz΄] 1. EAST INDIES 2. WEST INDIES … English World dictionary
Indies — legend|#F60|East IndiesThe Indies or East Indies (or East India) is a term often used to refer to the islands of SE Asia, especially the Malay Archipelago.Oxford Dictionary of English 2e, Oxford University Press, 2003, East Indies/East India ] [… … Wikipedia
Indies — /in deez/, n. the. 1. (used with a pl. v.) See West Indies (def. 1). 2. (used with a pl. v.) See East Indies (def. 1). 3. (used with a sing. v.) a region in and near S and SE Asia; India, Indochina, and the East Indies. * * * (as used in… … Universalium
Indies — /ˈɪndiz/ (say indeez) plural noun 1. the, a region in and near southern and South East Asia; India, Indochina and the East Indies. 2. → East Indies. 3. → West Indies … Australian English dictionary
Indies — geographical name 1. East Indies 2. West Indies … New Collegiate Dictionary
Indies — noun a) The East Indies, including India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and adjacent lands. b) The West Indies, including Cuba … Wiktionary
Indies — See East Indies, West Indies … Webster's Gazetteer
Indies — n. East Indies; West Indies … English contemporary dictionary
Indies — In•dies [[t]ˈɪn diz[/t]] n. pl. the, 1) geg West Indies 1) 2) geg East Indies … From formal English to slang