[bahr-bey-dohz, -dohs, -duh s]


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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Contemporary Examples of barbadian

Historical Examples of barbadian

  • This has made the Barbadian negro a race apart, hardworking and frugal.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • I thought I was again in the Barbadian sloop, during the storm.

    Margaret Tudor

    Annie T. Colcock

  • Gentlemen and lady—Barbadian born ab only one fault—he really too brave.

    Peter Simple

    Frederick Marryat

  • It is very quaint, this self-satisfaction of the Barbadian Negro.

    At Last

    Charles Kingsley

  • I know not why I should be thought likely to add anything to the load of Barbadian afflictions.

    The English in the West Indies

    James Anthony Froude

British Dictionary definitions for barbadian



of or relating to Barbados or its inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of Barbados



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

barbadian in Culture


[(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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