Caribbean

adjective
Ca·​rib·​be·​an | \ ˌker-ə-ˈbē-ən How to pronounce Caribbean (audio) , ˌka-rə-, kə-ˈri-bē-ən How to pronounce Caribbean (audio) \

Definition of Caribbean

: of or relating to the Caribs, the eastern and southern West Indies, or the Caribbean Sea the Caribbean islands a Caribbean cruise

First Known Use of Caribbean

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Caribbean

New Latin Caribbaeus, from Caribes

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The first known use of Caribbean was in 1772

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Cite this Entry

“Caribbean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Caribbean. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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