[kar-uh-bee-uh n, kuh-rib-ee-]


pertaining to the Caribs, the Lesser Antilles, or the Caribbean Sea and its islands.


a Carib.
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. 2019

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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.

  • The Caribbean, without pausing in his passage, bent his head affirmatively.

  • The Caribbean never partook of this meal, and Croustillac was to be alone with the widow.

British Dictionary definitions for caribbean



of, or relating to, the Caribbean Sea and its islands
of, or relating to, the Carib or any of their languages


the Caribbean the states and islands of the Caribbean Sea, including the West Indies, when considered as a geopolitical region
short for the Caribbean Sea
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper