an island in the West Indies, S of Cuba. 4,413 sq. mi. (11,430 sq. km).
a republic coextensive with this island: formerly a British colony; became independent in 1962, retaining membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. Capital: Kingston.
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How to use Jamaica in a sentence
He was born in an apartment above the grocery store owned by his immigrant parents in South Jamaica, Queens.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82 | Eleanor Clift | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 2007, at Jamaica high school in Queens, teachers started calling 911 to get police to help them deal with disorderly students.
Why had teachers at Jamaica High School resorted to overusing 911 for common classroom disruptions?
But, in Jamaica, Maurice Tomlinson was forced to flee his country after his marriage to his Canadian husband made front-page news.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality | Justin Jones | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jamaica is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be gay.How Maurice Tomlinson Was Outed in Jamaica—and Forced Into Exile | Jay Michaelson | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One child, a Jamaica girl of seven, went so far as to draw the face with only one eye (Fig. 5).Children's Ways | James Sully
It is therefore probable that some of Trevithick's engines reached Jamaica.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
One of the most characteristic instances of these alternate winds is perhaps that afforded on the island of Jamaica.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
The island of Jamaica is so situated within the basin of the Caribbean that it does not feel the full influence of the trades.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
A 'double' o' that fifteen over-proof Jamaica of yours, Sin, would hit me in a tender spot tonight.Dope | Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for Jamaica
an island and state in the Caribbean: colonized by the Spanish from 1494 onwards, large numbers of Black slaves being imported; captured by the British in 1655 and established as a colony in 1866; gained full independence in 1962; a member of the Commonwealth. Exports: chiefly bauxite and alumina, sugar, and bananas. Official language: English. Religion: Protestant majority. Currency: Jamaican dollar. Capital: Kingston. Pop: 2 909 714 (2013 est). Area: 10 992 sq km (4244 sq miles)
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Cultural definitions for Jamaica
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