Definition of Caribbean in English:

Caribbean

Pronunciation /kəˈrɪbɪən//ˌkarɪˈbiːən/

noun

the Caribbean
  • The region consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (including the West Indies), and the surrounding coasts.

adjective

  • Relating to the Caribbean.

    • ‘The visit follows a tour by a group of Wiltshire teachers who visited the Caribbean island in October.’
    • ‘There will be a flight back to the UK to add, but what does a Caribbean package holiday cost these days.’
    • ‘This year's music includes sounds of the Caribbean, New Orleans calypso and funk.’
    • ‘Whatever he's busy with, the Caribbean sun will always break through in the end.’
    • ‘The relaxing Caribbean holidays are replaced by exhausting weekends at a Center Parc.’
    • ‘If the bids were rigged, then other countries could get redress in a Caribbean court.’
    • ‘I was on the phone to a Caribbean travel company, hassled, trying to get myself organised.’
    • ‘Unlike many Caribbean islands, it has no backpackers' beach huts or village B&Bs.’
    • ‘He found it in an unlikely location, the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.’
    • ‘He talked of the desire of the Caribbean countries to reduce their debt and get to a state where everyone has a job.’
    • ‘Scuba diving adds an excellent extra facet to the sun, sea and sand of a standard Caribbean visit.’
    • ‘I was brought up by my grandparents, which is quite normal in Caribbean families.’
    • ‘Canada, Mexico, and most of the Caribbean states have never required a passport.’
    • ‘For Caribbean music lovers, this May could be both the best and the worst of months.’
    • ‘We were driving through a green tunnel of coconut palms on St. Lucia's Caribbean coast.’
    • ‘In fact, Jamaica has a stronger romantic hold than almost any other Caribbean island.’
    • ‘Dermot, by immense skill and persistence, has made this the supreme Caribbean hotel.’
    • ‘But above all it is the air links that have made the difference to the gourmet Caribbean.’
    • ‘Thirteen Bradford head teachers are jetting off to the Caribbean isle of Barbados next week.’
    • ‘The highlight of the tour was a rare Test match experience for the Caribbean girls.’

Usage

There are two possible pronunciations of the word Caribbean. The first, more common in British English, puts the stress on the -be-, while the second, found in the US and the Caribbean itself, stresses the -rib-

Pronunciation

Caribbean

/kəˈrɪbɪən//ˌkarɪˈbiːən/