Af·​ro-Ca·​rib·​be·​an ˌa-frō-ˌker-ə-ˈbē-ən How to pronounce Afro-Caribbean (audio)
plural Afro-Caribbeans
: a person of African descent born or living in a Caribbean nation
In Louisiana, the Acadians reestablished their culture and absorbed other ethnic groups around them—French Creoles, Germans, Americans, and Afro-Caribbeans—to form a society called Cajun, which, of course, is a corruption of Acadian.Hugh Merrill, The Blues Route, 1990
Afro-Caribbean adjective
A type of a square dance that originated in France, the quadrille was adopted with relish by 18th-century Afro-Caribbean islanders, who gave it their own twist. Islands, November 1999

Word History


afro- + caribbean

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Afro-Caribbean was in 1959

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“Afro-Caribbean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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