What does Jamaica mean?

Definitions for Jamaica
dʒəˈmeɪ kəJa·maica

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jamaica(noun)

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

  2. Jamaica(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. jamaica(Noun)

    roselle

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jamaica(noun)

    one of the West India is islands

Freebase

  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.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Jamaica

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

How to pronounce Jamaica?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
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Numerology

  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. RAS CARDO REGGAE:

    ***(C)(P) REGGAE AND THE JAMAICAN ECONOMY. I/WE FROM TRENCH TOWN KNEW THIS ALL ALONG THAT'S WHY WE PUT THE MESSAGES IN A SONG. IT TOOK THE FINANCIAL SECTOR OF JAMAICA SO MANY YEARS TO LET THE WORLD KNOW ABOUT- THE REGGAE DOLLARS FATE. NOW THE BOJ ANNOUNCED THE TRUTH, LET US WAIT AND SEE HOW THIS BENEFITS THE YOUTHS. I AM RAS CARDO FROM TRENCH TOWN WHO CREATED REGGAE THERE IN 1962.

  2. Cubie Seegogin:

    It means that there is now one less meet for Jamaicans to compete in, so we've not only lost another meet in Jamaica, but we've also lost a key meet in preparation for the( national) championships.

  3. RICARDO(RAS CARDO)SCOTT B.A., M.S.R, J.D.:

    ***(C)(P) I ALSO WROTE THE BOOK- INTEL JAMAICA, INTEL REGGAE JAMAICA. HOW SAFE IS SAFE? WE KNOW THE TRUTH. JAMAICA UNDER SIEGE! WHEN JUSTICE GOES WRONG! THE ONLY BOOK OF ITS KIND ABOUT JAMAICA, THE SYSTEM, REGGAE MENTORS- WHO WERE MENTORED, AND BY WHOM. THE MENTORING OF BOB MARLEY AND ALL THE TRENCH TOWN MUSIC LEGENDS. HOW THE VISITORS WERE MENTORED AND BY WHOM? IT TELLS THE INSIDE DETAILS AS TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE HELPED BY OTHERS IN RAS CARDO TRENCH TOWN YARD DURING THE 60'S AND BEYOND. (C)(P) A REGGAE EDUCATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

  4. RAS CARDO REGGAE:

    ***(C)(P)- JAMERICAN- THE WORD APPLIES MOSTLY TO THOSE FROM JAMAICA WHO HAS BECOME DOMICILED IN AMERICA, AND HAVE TAKEN ON THE AMERICAN INFLUENCE WHETHER THEY ARE PERMANENT RESIDENTS OR CITIZENS. IT ALSO APPLIES TO AMERICANS WHO HAVE TAKEN ON JAMAICAN DOMICILE AND CITIZENSHIP. THOSE IN CANADA ARE CALLED-JA'CANS- THE CANS MEANING CANADA.

  5. RAS CARDO REGGAE:

    ***(C)(P) BELIEVE IT OR NOT-MY RESEARCH OVER THE YEARS HAS SHOWN JUST HOW MUCH-THE SMOKING OF WEED-IN PLACES LIKE JAMAICA CAN UNITE EVEN THE MOST HATEFUL OF WHITES AND BLACKS. I HAVE SEEN KNOWN WHITE SUPREMACISTS IN AMERICA MINGLING WITH BLACKS IN JAMAICA SMOKING WEED.BUT WHEN THEY ARE BACK IN AMERICA ITS A DIFFERENT STORY. I MEAN EVEN WHITE RACISTS COPS IN AMERICA. JAMAICA PROVIDES-SAFE HAVEN- FOR THEM ALL. SO, I ASK WHY THE CHANGE WHEN BACK IN AMERICA? MY RESEARCH CONTINUES FOR THE REAL ANSWER. LET'S DISCUSS THIS!

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