Definition of Costa Rican in US English:

Costa Rican


  • Relating to or characteristic of Costa Rica or its people.

    ‘a Costa Rican rainforest’
    • ‘These memories, warm as the Costa Rican midday sun, turn slowly through my mind as the plane whips over entire countries.’
    • ‘Frank is not your typical Costa Rican coffee farmer.’
    • ‘Although American-born, his family is Costa Rican, and he spent enough of his youth there to consider it home.’
    • ‘Costa Rican people are believers in herbal medicine.’
    • ‘The extended family is the basis of Costa Rican society.’


  • A native or inhabitant of Costa Rica.

    ‘the three-day race was won by a native Costa Rican’
    • ‘The jubilant Costa Ricans, who have only once made it out of the group stages at a World Cup, will take on Italy.’
    • ‘Lobo, an energetic Costa Rican who looks as if he's in his 40s, leads us through his 1-hectare farm.’
    • ‘Regardless of their current social standing, most Costa Ricans have some connection to coffee.’
    • ‘This is a country that boasts more professors than policemen, and sometimes it seems more tourists than Costa Ricans.’
    • ‘Costa Ricans have generally conservative family values and relationships.’


Costa Rican

/ˌkoʊstə ˈrik(ə)n//ˌkōstə ˈrēk(ə)n/