Definitions

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

  • An island country in the Caribbean Sea south of Cuba. Originally inhabited by Arawaks, it was discovered by Columbus in 1494 and settled by the Spanish in 1509. The British captured the island in 1655, and it was formally ceded to Great Britain in 1670, becoming a crown colony in 1865. Jamaica became independent in 1962. Kingston is the capital and the largest city. Population: 2,780,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A particular country in the Caribbean.
  • proper n. The island comprising most of that country.
  • proper n. Jamaica Plain, Boston, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
  • proper n. Jamaica, Vermont, a town in Vermont.
  • proper n. Jamaica, Queens, a neighborhood in Queens, New York City.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the West Indian islands.

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

  • n. a country on the island of Jamaica; became independent of England in 1962; much poverty; the major industry is tourism
  • n. an island in the West Indies to the south of Cuba and to the west of Haiti

Etymologies

From Taino Xaymaca ("land of wood and water"). (Wiktionary)
After Kuchamakin, a Massachusett leader; from Massachusett. (Wiktionary)
From the Massachusett word for “beaver”. Compare next etymology. (Wiktionary)
Originally Jameco, from the Lenape word for “beaver”. Compare previous etymology. (Wiktionary)

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