Definition of Caribbean in English:


Pronunciation: /ˌkarɪˈbiːən//kəˈrɪbɪən/


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


  • Relating to the Caribbean.

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


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-