What does Jamaica mean?

Definitions for Jamaica
dʒəˈmeɪ kəja·maica

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jamaicanoun

    a country on the island of Jamaica; became independent of England in 1962; much poverty; the major industry is tourism

  2. Jamaicanoun

    an island in the West Indies to the south of Cuba and to the west of Haiti


  1. jamaicanoun


  2. Etymology: Originally Jameco, from (Lenape) word for “beaver”. Compare previous etymology.


  1. Jamaica

    Jamaica ( (listen); Jamaican Patois: Jumieka) is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, it is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the Caribbean (after Cuba and Hispaniola). Jamaica lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola (the island containing the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic); the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands lies some 215 kilometres (134 mi) to the north-west.Originally inhabited by the indigenous Taíno peoples, the island came under Spanish rule following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Many of the indigenous people either were killed or died of diseases, after which the Spanish brought large numbers of African slaves to Jamaica as labourers. The island remained a possession of Spain until 1655, when England (later Great Britain) conquered it, renaming it Jamaica. Under British colonial rule Jamaica became a leading sugar exporter, with a plantation economy dependent on the African slaves and later their descendants. The British fully emancipated all slaves in 1838, and many freedmen chose to have subsistence farms rather than to work on plantations. Beginning in the 1840s, the British began using Chinese and Indian indentured labour to work on plantations. The island achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962.With 2.8 million people, Jamaica is the third-most populous Anglophone country in the Americas (after the United States and Canada), and the fourth-most populous country in the Caribbean. Kingston is the country's capital and largest city. The majority of Jamaicans are of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, with significant European, East Asian (primarily Chinese), Indian, Lebanese, and mixed-race minorities. Due to a high rate of emigration for work since the 1960s, there is a large Jamaican diaspora, particularly in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The country has a global influence that belies its small size; it was the birthplace of the Rastafari religion, reggae music (and associated genres such as dub, ska and dancehall), and it is internationally prominent in sports, most notably cricket, sprinting and athletics.Jamaica is an upper-middle income country with an economy heavily dependent on tourism; it has an average of 4.3 million tourists a year. Jamaica performs favourably in measurements of press freedom and democratic governance. It ranked first in the Caribbean on the World Happiness Report for 2021. Politically it is a Commonwealth realm, with Charles III as its king. His appointed representative in the country is the Governor-General of Jamaica, an office held by Patrick Allen since 2009. Andrew Holness has served as Prime Minister of Jamaica since March 2016. Jamaica is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with legislative power vested in the bicameral Parliament of Jamaica, consisting of an appointed Senate and a directly elected House of Representatives.


  1. jamaica

    Jamaica is an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. It's the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the fourth-largest island country in the Caribbean. Jamaica is known for its rich culture including reggae music and Rastafarian religion, with its capital and largest city being Kingston. It is also known for its natural attractions such as the Blue Mountains and Dunn's River Falls. Initially colonized by the Spanish, it was later taken by the British in 1655 and achieved full independence in 1962.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jamaicanoun

    one of the West India is islands


  1. Jamaica

    Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. The island, 10,990 square kilometres in area, lies about 145 kilometres south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres west of Hispaniola, the island containing the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jamaica is the fifth-largest island country in the Caribbean. The indigenous people, the Taíno, called it Xaymaca in Arawakan. meaning the "Land of Wood and Water" or the "Land of Springs". Once a Spanish possession known as Santiago, in 1655 it came under the rule of England, and was called Jamaica. It achieved full independence from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962. With 2.8 million people, it is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. Kingston is the country's largest city and its capital, with a population of 937,700. Jamaica has a large diaspora around the world, due to emigration from the country. Jamaica is a Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as Queen of Jamaica and head of state. Her appointed representative in the country is the Governor-General of Jamaica, currently Sir Patrick Allen. The head of government and Prime Minister of Jamaica is Portia Simpson-Miller. Jamaica is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with legislative power vested in the bicameral Parliament of Jamaica, consisting of an appointed Senate and a directly elected House of Representatives.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Jamaica

    ("Land of Springs") (640, of which 15 are whites), a British crown colony, the largest and most important of the British West India Islands; is one of the Greater Antilles group, and lies some 90 m. S. of the eastern end of Cuba; its greatest length E. and W. 144 m.; is traversed by the Blue Mountains (7400 ft.), whose slopes are clad with luxuriant forests of mahogany, cedar, satin-wood, palm, and other trees; of the numerous rivers, only one, the Black River, is navigable and that for only flat-bottomed boats and canoes; there are many harbours (Kingston finest), while good roads intersect the island; the climate is oppressively warm and somewhat unhealthy on the coast, but delightful in the interior highlands; for administrative purposes the land area is divided into three counties, Surrey, Middlesex, and Cornwall; the chief trade-products are dye-woods, fruit, sugar, rum, coffee, and spices; discovered in 1494 by Columbus, and since 1670 a possession of England.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Jamaica

    An island in the Greater Antilles in the West Indies. Its capital is Kingston. It was discovered in 1494 by Columbus and was a Spanish colony 1509-1655 until captured by the English. Its flourishing slave trade was abolished in the 19th century. It was a British colony 1655-1958 and a territory of the West Indies Federation 1958-62. It achieved full independence in 1962. The name is from the Arawak Xaymaca, rich in springs or land of springs. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p564 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p267)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. jamaica

    One of the West India Islands, or Greater Antilles, which belongs to Great Britain, and forms the most considerable and valuable of its possessions in that quarter. It was discovered by Columbus in 1494, and colonized by the Spaniards in the early part of the 16th century. In 1655 it was taken by the English, when 3000 British soldiers who had served in the Parliamentary army settled there. In 1866 a revolt of a large portion of the negro population took place, which was promptly suppressed.

Rap Dictionary

  1. jamaica

    The Caribbean nation of Jamaica.

  2. jamaica

    The neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens, New York City. A Tribe Called Quest, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and Ja Rule are all from Jamaica, Queens.

Editors Contribution

  1. jamaicanoun

    The Rastafarian name of God mental age master of arts from an Islamic chartered account. 1.) an island country in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Cuba official capital Kingston language in English. 2.) a commercial and residential section of east central Queens in New York City.

    I have Jamaica currency but never been there yet.

    Etymology: Foundation of El Shaddai

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 6, 2024  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Jamaica

    From the West Indian Caymaca, signifying “a country abounding in springs.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Jamaica is ranked #50106 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Jamaica surname appeared 418 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Jamaica.

    95.4% or 399 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 8 total occurrences were White.
    1.6% or 7 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jamaica in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jamaica in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Jamaica in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Frantz -RRB- Sears:

    I think I am a visible success story that says to people, ‘You can do it. You will do it. No matter your gender, no matter your color, even no matter where you were born.’ Because here I am, this is not my country, not my culture. I came from Jamaica and here, I have made it.

  2. Donald Harris:

    Half my family’s from Jamaica, are you kidding me?


    I wrote the book- to generations yet unborn- in trench town during my high school years as a prophecy of my reggae predictions. as a visionary, I saw what the jamaica today would become, if, and only if the status quo would help and respect the poor and disadvantaged people. jamaica and the world today does not surprise me. my reggae does not care if you are black or white just as long as you can make what is wrong- right! I am ras cardo, the creator.

  4. Michael Wood:

    This book is startling in its range of voices and registers, running from the patois of the street posse to The Book of Revelation, it is a representation of political times and places, from the CIA intervention in Jamaica to the early years of crack gangs in New York and Miami.


    it was my trench town reggae in the music of the rasta messengers like-burning spear- culture(joseph hill)- and others that taught the world that- christopher columbus was a liar. He did not discover jamaica nor america. So why are we still honoring him today?

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