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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The group has held bomba performances and workshops on the island but also in Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, France, the United States and Caribbean nations. Javier E. Piñero, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2023 The film is just one of a number of Disney movies based on its own theme park attractions, including the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dwayne Johnson's Jungle Cruise and George Clooney's Tomorrowland. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 16 May 2023 The Windrush generation came to the U.K. from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1971. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 15 May 2023 But Maxwell, whose work focuses on migration, identity and culture (including food) within Black communities in the United Kingdom and the African and Caribbean diasporas, tempers any optimism with caution. Mayukh Sen, Washington Post, 15 May 2023 The Pirates of the Caribbean actor has signed a new $20 million-plus deal with Dior, according to a report from Variety, which noted that the mega-deal is the largest men's fragrance deal in history. Tracey Harrington Mccoy, Peoplemag, 12 May 2023 Cleverly blending colorful Caribbean flair with elements of a ski resort, the park features a slew of both family-friendly attractions and those designed especially for thrill seekers. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2023 The travel party consisted of 124 students and seven chaperones who had planned to spend five days in the Dutch Caribbean island. David K. Li, NBC News, 11 May 2023 Holloway was set to fly home from the Caribbean island on May 30, 2005, but failed to appear for her flight. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 11 May 2023 See More

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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 8 Jun. 2023.

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