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