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[brij-toun] /ˈbrɪdʒˌtaʊn/
a seaport on and the capital of Barbados, on the SW coast.


[bahr-bey-dohz, -dohs, -duh s] /bɑrˈbeɪ doʊz, -doʊs, -dəs/
an island in the E West Indies constituting an independent state in the Commonwealth of Nations: formerly a British colony. 166 sq. mi. (430 sq. km).
Capital: Bridgetown.
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[bahr-bey-dee-uh n] /bɑrˈbeɪ di ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for Bridgetown
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  • But to correct the sentiment he evoked a memory of what these Spaniards had performed in Bridgetown.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Mr Marlow was going to spend some time at Bridgetown, where he had a house of business.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • It raged at Bridgetown, Barbadoes, from the 10th to the 16th, with no less fury than elsewhere.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • The first place at which we touched was Bridgetown, in the island of Barbadoes.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • “But you have some kind of newspaper which circulates in Bridgetown,” I said.

    Meccania Owen Gregory
  • “So you think there is nothing more to be learnt in Bridgetown,” he remarked.

    Meccania Owen Gregory
  • What had I learnt of the industrial and social economy of Bridgetown?

    Meccania Owen Gregory
  • The absence of life and bustle in the streets was as striking as in Bridgetown.

    Meccania Owen Gregory
  • Artemis was filling her hold with a cargo of salt cod for Bridgetown in Barbados.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • It is divided into eleven Church of England parishes; capital, Bridgetown.

British Dictionary definitions for Bridgetown


the capital of Barbados, a port on the SW coast. Pop: 144 000 (2005 est)


/bɑːˈbeɪdəʊs; -dəʊz; -dɒs/
an island in the Caribbean, in the E Lesser Antilles: a British colony from 1628 to 1966, now an independent state within the Commonwealth. Language: English. Currency: Barbados dollar. Capital: Bridgetown. Pop: 288 725 (2013 est). Area: 430 sq km (166 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Bridgetown


probably from Portuguese las barbados "the bearded;" the island so called because vines or moss hung densely from the trees. An inhabitant was called a Barbadian (1732).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bridgetown in Culture
Barbados [(bahr-bay-dohs, bahr-bay-dohz)]

Island republic in the easternmost West Indies in the Atlantic Ocean about three hundred miles north of Venezuela.

Note: Barbados is a member of the British Commonwealth and a popular resort area.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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