Ca·​rib·​be·​an ˌker-ə-ˈbē-ən How to pronounce Caribbean (audio)
kə-ˈri-bē-ən How to pronounce Caribbean (audio)
: of or relating to the Caribs, the eastern and southern West Indies, or the Caribbean Sea
the Caribbean islands
a Caribbean cruise

Examples of Caribbean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The North American cougar once roamed throughout the southern U.S., Elise Bennett, Florida and Caribbean director at the Center for Biological Diversity, told ABC News. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 17 May 2024 Deemed one of the busiest in the country and American Airlines’ second-largest hub, CLT airport offers direct flight service to more than 170 destinations, including several Caribbean and warm-weather spots perfect for a tropical getaway. Deanna Taylor, Charlotte Observer, 16 May 2024 American Airlines is increasing its service from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to six Latin American and Caribbean cities this winter, the company announced Thursday. Kate Marijolovic, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 16 May 2024 He was raised by his mother, Doreen — a Caribbean immigrant who worked in St. Catharines, Ontario, around the same time Rocky wrested in the area. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 The final stop is Colón at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2024 Wakeman suspects he was attacked by Caribbean reef sharks. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 13 May 2024 At under a five-hour flight from many East Coast cities, the Spice Isle is one of the most easily accessible—and underrated—of the Caribbean islands. Juliet Izon, Glamour, 3 May 2024 The ship will then head down to Miami in October for epic Caribbean vacations in the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, Turks and Caicos, Grand Cayman, a new port of Ocho Rios in Jamaica, and more. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 3 May 2024

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Word History


New Latin Caribbaeus, from Caribes

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Caribbean was in 1772

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“Caribbean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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