- a member of a group of Indian peoples formerly dominant through the Lesser Antilles, now found in small numbers in a few areas of the West Indies and in parts of Central America and northeastern South America.
- the family of languages spoken by the Caribs.
Origin of Carib
1545–55; < Spanish caribe < Arawak
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Examples from the Web for carib
Morgan and Carib had taken care that no one had marked their departure.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
The population was largely Carib, a savage race given to cannibalism.Plotting in Pirate Seas
The Carib women in Surinam think that large calves of the leg are a beauty.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
A Carib chief arriving with a slave, offered him for sale to the English governor.
On the banks of the Pomaroon lived a Carib family, with a number of small children.
- plural -ibs or -ib a member of a group of American Indian peoples of NE South America and the Lesser Antilles
- the family of languages spoken by these peoples
C16: from Spanish Caribe, from Arawak
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Word Origin and History for carib
1550s, from Spanish Caribe, from Arawakan kalingo or kalino, said to mean "brave ones" or else "strong men." As an adjective by 1881.
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