[ kar-ib ]

noun,plural Car·ibs, (especially collectively) Car·ib. for 1.
  1. 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.

  2. the family of languages spoken by the Caribs.

Origin of Carib

1545–55; <Spanish caribe<Arawak

Words Nearby Carib Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for Carib


/ (ˈkærɪb) /

  1. plural -ibs or -ib a member of a group of American Indian peoples of NE South America and the Lesser Antilles

  2. the family of languages spoken by these peoples

Origin of Carib

C16: from Spanish Caribe, from Arawak

Derived forms of Carib

  • Cariban, adjective

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