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

  • n. A member of a people of mixed Carib and African ancestry living along the Caribbean coast of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Nicaragua. The Garifuna were deported to the area in the late 18th century after their defeat by the British on the island of St. Vincent, where shipwrecked and escaped African slaves had intermarried with the indigenous Carib population beginning in the early 17th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An ethnic group in the Caribbean area, descended from a mix of Amerindian and African people, with many in Central America and the United States.
  • proper n. The language of the Garífuna people.


American Spanish Garífuna, from Proto-Carib *karipona, Carib.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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