Definition of St. Kitts and Nevis in US English:

St. Kitts and Nevis

proper noun

  • A country that consists of two adjoining islands in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea; population 56,000 (estimated 2015; capital, Basseterre (on St. Kitts); languages, English (official) and Creole.

St. Kitts was visited in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. The islands were colonized by English settlers from 1623 and became the first successful English colony in the West Indies. A self-governing union between St. Kitts and Nevis (and briefly Anguilla) was created in 1967 and became a fully independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations in 1983

Origin

St Kitts, alteration (by settlers) of St Christopher, a name given to the island by Columbus; Nevis from Spanish las nieves ‘the snows’ (because of the ‘snowy’ clouds surrounding the peak).

Pronunciation

St. Kitts and Nevis

/ˌseɪnt ˌkɪts ən ˈnivɪs//ˌsānt ˌkits ən ˈnēvis/