[ bahr-bey-dohz, -dohs, -duhs ]

  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.

Other words from Barbados

  • Bar·ba·di·an [bahr-bey-dee-uhn], /bɑrˈbeɪ di ən/, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for Barbados


/ (bɑːˈbeɪdəʊs, -dəʊz, -dɒs) /

  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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Cultural definitions for 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.

Notes for Barbados

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

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