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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the Caribbean Sea, its islands, or its Central or South American coasts or to the peoples or cultures of this region.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Carib or their language or culture.
  • n. A Carib.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to the sea and region of the western Atlantic bounded by South America, Central America, and the islands of the West Indies (such as Cuba and Hispaniola).
  • proper n. The Caribbean Sea
  • proper n. The countries that occupy the region of the western Atlantic bounded by South America, Central America, and the islands of the West Indies (such as Cuba and Hispaniola)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Caribs, to their islands (the eastern and southern West Indies), or to the sea (called the Caribbean sea) lying between those islands and Central America.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the Caribs or Caribbees, or to the Lesser Antilles, formerly inhabited by them, comprising the eastern and southern chains of the West Indies, or to the sea between the West Indies and the mainland of America. Also spelled Carribbean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. region including the Caribbean Islands
  • n. an arm of the Atlantic Ocean between North and South America; the origin of the Gulf stream

Etymologies

From Carib or Caribe, a tribe of Amerindians, now nearly extinct, who lived in the West Indies, + the adjective suffix -an. (Wiktionary)

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