Definition of Caribbean in US 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.

    • ‘In fact, Jamaica has a stronger romantic hold than almost any other Caribbean island.’
    • ‘He talked of the desire of the Caribbean countries to reduce their debt and get to a state where everyone has a job.’
    • ‘The relaxing Caribbean holidays are replaced by exhausting weekends at a Center Parc.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The visit follows a tour by a group of Wiltshire teachers who visited the Caribbean island in October.’
    • ‘Scuba diving adds an excellent extra facet to the sun, sea and sand of a standard Caribbean visit.’
    • ‘Unlike many Caribbean islands, it has no backpackers' beach huts or village B&Bs.’
    • ‘This year's music includes sounds of the Caribbean, New Orleans calypso and funk.’
    • ‘I was on the phone to a Caribbean travel company, hassled, trying to get myself organised.’
    • ‘Dermot, by immense skill and persistence, has made this the supreme Caribbean hotel.’
    • ‘Whatever he's busy with, the Caribbean sun will always break through in the end.’
    • ‘There will be a flight back to the UK to add, but what does a Caribbean package holiday cost these days.’
    • ‘If the bids were rigged, then other countries could get redress in a Caribbean court.’
    • ‘The highlight of the tour was a rare Test match experience for the Caribbean girls.’
    • ‘Thirteen Bradford head teachers are jetting off to the Caribbean isle of Barbados next week.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He found it in an unlikely location, the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.’

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