The Caribbean Dictionary

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backra
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Noun
A white plantation owner.
Tags
person
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Noun
Any white person, particularly one in a position of power or authority.
Synonyms
backra beke, buckra, payul
Tags
person
Pictures
Lucé Sainte-Luce Oct 23, 2015
Does anyone know the etymology, where it comes from? Backra and bekes (thaht we use in Guadalupe) are very close to, are they related?
Paula Jun 23, 2016
Both Cassidy (Dictionary of Jamaican English) and Allsop (Dictionary of Caribbean English) say it's a form of the word for "white man" among the Efik people. The word is used throughout the English speaking Caribbean and among the Gullah/Geechee people of South Carolina. In modern Caribbean usage it refers to any person in authority; usually one's employer.
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