[bahr-bey-dohz, -dohs, -duh s]
  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.
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

Examples from the Web for bridgetown

Historical Examples of bridgetown

  • But to correct the sentiment he evoked a memory of what these Spaniards had performed in Bridgetown.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Mr Marlow was going to spend some time at Bridgetown, where he had a house of business.

    Salt Water

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • It raged at Bridgetown, Barbadoes, from the 10th to the 16th, with no less fury than elsewhere.

    Hurricane Hurry

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The first place at which we touched was Bridgetown, in the island of Barbadoes.

    Will Weatherhelm

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • “But you have some kind of newspaper which circulates in Bridgetown,” I said.


    Owen Gregory

British Dictionary definitions for bridgetown


  1. the capital of Barbados, a port on the SW coast. Pop: 144 000 (2005 est)


  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 bridgetown


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

bridgetown 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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