Definition of Garifuna in US English:



  • 1An Arawakan language spoken in parts of the Caribbean and Central America, the vocabulary of which is strongly influenced by Carib and other languages; = "Black Carib".

  • 2A member of a people descended from African former slaves and the indigenous Caribs of St Vincent in the Lesser Antilles, and subsequently dispersed over parts of the Central American mainland and some Caribbean islands, especially Roatan; = "Black Carib".


  • Of, relating to, or designating this people, their culture, or their language.


Early 20th century. From Garifuna Garífuna, self-designation from the same Proto-Cariban word as is reflected by Carib. Compare Garinagu.