Definition of Caribbean noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkærɪˈbiːən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkærɪˈbiːən//
; BrE BrE//kəˈrɪbiən//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrɪbiən//
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the Caribbean the region consisting of the Caribbean Sea and its islands, including the West Indies, and the coasts which surround it Culture Many of the islands of the West Indies are members of the British Commonwealth. Most of the people living in the Caribbean are descended from African slaves taken there by people from Britain and other European countries in the 16th and 17th centuries. Since the 1950s, many people from these islands have come to live and work in Britain, and refer to themselves as West Indians or Afro-Caribbeans.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Caribbean