Meaning of Barbary in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbɑːbəri/

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proper noun

(also Barbary States)
  • A former name for the Saracen countries of north and north-western Africa, together with Moorish Spain. The area was noted between the 16th and 18th centuries as a haunt of pirates.

    Compare with Maghreb


Based on Arabic barbar (see Berber).