[ kar-ib ]
/ ˈkær ɪb /

noun, plural Car·ibs, (especially collectively) Car·ib. for 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.
the family of languages spoken by the Caribs.

Origin of Carib

1545–55; < Spanish caribe < Arawak Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carib


/ (ˈkærɪb) /


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

Derived Forms

Cariban, adjective

Word Origin for Carib

C16: from Spanish Caribe, from Arawak
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