Share this entry

Caribbean Line breaks: Carib|bean
Pronunciation: /ˌkarɪˈbiːən/
/kəˈrɪbɪən/

Definition of Caribbean in English:

noun

(the Caribbean)
The region consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (including the West Indies), and the surrounding coasts.

adjective

Back to top  
Relating to the Caribbean.
Example sentences
  • Unlike many Caribbean islands, it has no backpackers' beach huts or village B&Bs.
  • 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.

Usage

There are two possible pronunciations of the word Caribbean. The first, more common in British English, puts the stress on the -be-, while the second, found in the US and the Caribbean itself, stresses the -rib-.

Words that rhyme with Caribbean

Actaeon, Aegean, aeon (US eon), Augean, Behan, Cadmean, Carolean, Chaldean, Cyclopean, empyrean, epicurean, European, Fijian, Galilean, Hasmonean, Hebridean, Herculean, Ian, Jacobean, Kampuchean, Laodicean, lien, Linnaean (US Linnean), Maccabean, Mandaean (US Mandean), Medicean, monogenean, Nabataean (US Nabatean), Orphean, paean, paeon, pean, peon, Periclean, piscean, plebeian, Pyrenean, Pythagorean, Sabaean, Sadducean, Sisyphean, skean, Tanzanian, Tennesseean, Terpsichorean, theodicean, Tyrolean

Definition of Caribbean in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day whippersnapper
Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
noun
a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...