Definition of Jamaica in English:

Jamaica

Syllabification: Ja·mai·ca
Pronunciation: /jəˈmākə
 
/
1An island country in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Cuba; population 2,825,900 (est. 2009); official capital, Kingston; language, English.

Visited by Columbus in 1494, Jamaica was colonized by the Spanish, who enslaved or killed the native people. Both the Spanish and the British, who took the island by force in 1655, imported slaves, mainly to work on sugar plantations. Self-government was achieved in 1944, and Jamaica became an independent Commonwealth of Nations state in 1962

2A commercial and residential section of east central Queens in New York City.

Derivatives

Jamaican

adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • Apparently the BeeWee plane was just in from Trinidad, bringing with it many Jamaicans who had gone to Trinidad to Carnival.
  • Curaçaons are as mad about dominoes as Jamaicans or Barbadians.
  • When it comes to saying goodbye, the Jamaicans have a single word for it, delivered, usually, with a light nod or a hint of a wave.

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