[ 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.
Related formsBar·ba·di·an [bahr-bey-dee-uh n] /bɑrˈbeɪ di ən/, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for barbadian (1 of 2)


/ (bɑːˈbeɪdɪən) /


of or relating to Barbados or its inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of Barbados

British Dictionary definitions for barbadian (2 of 2)


/ (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 barbadian


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

Culture definitions for barbadian


[ (bahr-bay-dohs, bahr-bay-dohz) ]

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


Barbados is a member of the British Commonwealth and a popular resort area.
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