- an island in the West Indies, S of Cuba. 4413 sq. mi. (11,430 sq. km).
- a republic coextensive with this island: formerly a British colony; became independent in 1962, retaining membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. Capital: Kingston.
Examples from the Web for jamaica
In 2007, at Jamaica high school in Queens, teachers started calling 911 to get police to help them deal with disorderly students.
Why had teachers at Jamaica High School resorted to overusing 911 for common classroom disruptions?
But, in Jamaica, Maurice Tomlinson was forced to flee his country after his marriage to his Canadian husband made front-page news.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality
December 11, 2014
Jamaica is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be gay.
This sense of vulnerability is, of course, even more acute in micro-states like Jamaica.
This revived him, and he offered us his canteen, in which was some excellent Jamaica.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Afterwards his master sought to apprehend him and send him off to Jamaica, for sale.Self-Help
The second of the West India islands to construct a railroad was Jamaica.The Railroad Question
You want a ring, the finest gem that can be found on the island of Jamaica.Captain Brand of the "Centipede"
H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
It was written at Kingston, Jamaica, almost three months ago.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
- an island and state in the Caribbean: colonized by the Spanish from 1494 onwards, large numbers of Black slaves being imported; captured by the British in 1655 and established as a colony in 1866; gained full independence in 1962; a member of the Commonwealth. Exports: chiefly bauxite and alumina, sugar, and bananas. Official language: English. Religion: Protestant majority. Currency: Jamaican dollar. Capital: Kingston. Pop: 2 909 714 (2013 est). Area: 10 992 sq km (4244 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for jamaica
West Indian island, from Taino (Arawakan) xaymaca, said to mean "rich in springs." Columbus when he found it in 1494 named it Santiago, but this did not stick. Related: Jamaican. The Jamaica in New York probably is a Delaware (Algonquian) word meaning "beaver pond" altered by influence of the island name.