noun, plural Car·ibs, (especially collectively) Car·ib. for 1.
- a member of a group of Indian peoples formerly dominant through the Lesser Antilles, now found in small numbers in a few areas of the West Indies and in parts of Central America and northeastern South America.
- the family of languages spoken by the Caribs.
- plural -ibs or -ib a member of a group of American Indian peoples of NE South America and the Lesser Antilles
- the family of languages spoken by these peoples
1550s, from Spanish Caribe, from Arawakan kalingo or kalino, said to mean “brave ones” or else “strong men.” As an adjective by 1881.