[kar-uh-bee-uh n, kuh-rib-ee-]
  1. a Carib.
  2. Caribbean Sea.
  3. the, Informal. the islands and countries of the Caribbean Sea collectively.
Related formsin·ter-Car·ib·be·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of caribbean

Historical Examples of caribbean

  • They should have left the island to leeward, heading into the Caribbean and away from the archipelago.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I did not know then, as I know now, that barracuda grow to twelve feet in the Caribbean.

  • "Or 'Youmale,' the Caribbean cannibal of the lake of the Caimans," continued a third.

  • Croustillac moved and coughed; no change on the part of the Caribbean.

  • You allude, I presume, to the buccaneer, the filibuster and the Caribbean?

British Dictionary definitions for caribbean


  1. of, or relating to, the Caribbean Sea and its islands
  2. of, or relating to, the Carib or any of their languages
  1. the Caribbean the states and islands of the Caribbean Sea, including the West Indies, when considered as a geopolitical region
  2. short for the Caribbean Sea
  3. a member of any of the peoples inhabiting the islands of the Caribbean Sea, such as a West Indian or a Carib
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Word Origin and History for caribbean


from Carib, indigenous people's name for themselves, + -ean.

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