country in the E West Indies, consisting of three islands, including Antigua and Barbuda: formerly a British colony, it became independent in 1981 & a member of the Commonwealth: 171 sq mi (443 sq km); pop. 66,000; cap. St. John's (on Antigua)
See Antigua and Barbuda in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A country in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean Sea, comprising the island of Antigua and the smaller islands of Barbuda and Redonda. Settled by the English in 1632, the country became independent in 1981. St. John's is the capital. Population: 69,500.