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[kar-uh-bee-uh n, kuh-rib-ee-] /ˌkær əˈbi ən, kəˈrɪb i-/
pertaining to the Caribs, the Lesser Antilles, or the Caribbean Sea and its islands.
a Carib.
the, Informal. the islands and countries of the Caribbean Sea collectively.
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inter-Caribbean, adjective Unabridged
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  • Its bad enough trailing those scoundrels all over the Caribbean, let alone trying to run them to earth in a tropical jungle.

  • I did not know then, as I know now, that barracuda grow to twelve feet in the Caribbean.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • John Cann's grave lay buried five fathoms deep, no doubt, under the blue waters of the Caribbean.

  • But the buccaneer, the filibuster—what would they say if you should die for the Caribbean?

  • The tides on the Caribbean coast of the isthmus rise and fall but little, while on the Pacific coast they are swift and turbulent.

    Vasco Nuez de Balboa Frederick Albion Ober
British Dictionary definitions for Caribbean


/ˌkærɪˈbiːən; US kəˈrɪbɪən/
of, or relating to, the Caribbean Sea and its islands
of, or relating to, the Carib or any of their languages
the Caribbean, the states and islands of the Caribbean Sea, including the West Indies, when considered as a geopolitical region
short for the Caribbean Sea
a member of any of the peoples inhabiting the islands of the Caribbean Sea, such as a West Indian or a Carib
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Word Origin and History for Caribbean

from Carib, indigenous people's name for themselves, + -ean.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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