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Barbados

[bahr-bey-dohz, -dohs, -duh s]
noun
  1. 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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Related formsBar·ba·di·an [bahr-bey-dee-uh n] /bɑrˈbeɪ di ən/, adjective, noun
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  • Since you are so generous to my uncle, I shall be returning to Barbados with him.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "I have never deemed Barbados the earthly mirror of heaven," she confessed.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • For, whatever it may have been to others, to us your raid upon Barbados was most opportune.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • When you get down to Barbados, drop into the office of the biggest paper there.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • If you're going to Barbados, you'll have to have it viséed by the British Consul.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler


British Dictionary definitions for barbados

Barbados

noun
  1. 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 barbados

Barbados

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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

barbados 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.

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Note

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