Definition of Caribbean in English:

Caribbean

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.

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

Usage

There are two possible pronunciations of the word Caribbean, and both are used widely and acceptably in the US. In the Caribbean itself, the preferred pronunciation puts the stress on the -rib-. In Britain, speakers more often put the stress on the -be-, although in recent years, the other pronunciation has gained ground in Britain as the more ‘up-to-date’ and, to some, the more ‘correct’ pronunciation

Pronunciation