Definition of Dominica in US English:


proper noun

  • A country in the western West Indies, a mountainous island, the most northern of the Windward Islands, in the Caribbean Sea; population 73,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Roseau; languages, English (official) and Creole.

The island came into British possession at the end of the 18th century and became an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1978


Named by Columbus, who discovered it on a Sunday ( Latin dies dominica ‘the Lord's day’) in 1493.