Definition of Iberian in English:


Pronunciation /ˌīˈbirēən/ /ˌaɪˈbɪriən/

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  • Relating to or denoting Iberia, or the countries of Spain and Portugal.

    ‘The Russian countries and the Iberian countries - Spain and Portugal - are both into it in quite a big way.’
    • ‘In 1580 the two great Iberian sea-faring nations, Spain and Portugal, united.’
    • ‘Long used to dishing out opprobrium on their Iberian neighbours, Spain could hardly be viewed skipping next summer.’
    • ‘In the late 15th century, the city became a refuge for Iberian Jews expelled by Phillip II from Spain.’
    • ‘Now the Iberian lynx lives only in isolated pockets of Portugal and southern Spain.’
    • ‘To make a short escape to this coastal Iberian country feasible, I concentrated my travels on just one area.’
    • ‘Manuel, from Fawlty Towers, need not worry: Iberian interests are not compromised - quite the contrary.’
    • ‘One day Panjim may be recognised as a masterpiece of colonial Iberian city building, although I fear this will come too late.’
    • ‘The big cats you find outside Africa include tiger, jaguar, leopard, cougar and Iberian lynx.’
    • ‘They appear to be stylised, semi-abstract images of Iberian flavour - lots of splashes of oranges and red.’
    • ‘After all, he views Spain as having recently opted to be part of the West rather than as part of a trans-Atlantic Iberian civilization.’
    • ‘You'll love the covered terrace, the Iberian garden, and the company.’
    • ‘There were other reasons for the Iberian adventure, though.’
    • ‘Deeply influenced by the Iberian culture, the leather industry is a traditional industry of Spain.’
    • ‘The world's most endangered wild cat species, the Iberian lynx, is fighting a desperate struggle for survival.’
    • ‘The Iberian women in the centre of the canvas clash with the hideously masked creatures standing and squatting on the right.’
    • ‘Early Iberian settlers called this the Mountain of the Moon, and there is an otherworldy atmosphere up here.’
    • ‘If Mourinho is banking on his Iberian rival being ever so slightly charitable this time round, he can think again.’
    • ‘But over the border its Iberian cousin observes no such narrow territorial niceties.’
    • ‘A decade and a half after launching an Iberian version of My Way they are still going strong.’


  • 1A native of Iberia, especially in ancient times.

    ‘Its original inhabitants were Iberians and Celts who were later conquered by the Romans and the Moors.’
    • ‘As usual, the field at the home of Catalan tennis is populated by Spaniards, with nearly half the draw made up of Iberians.’
    • ‘This means that, unlike the interior of the island, which is populated only by Tyrians, the coast is held by both the Tyrians and the Iberians.’
    • ‘The Iberians did not initially favour private firms.’
    • ‘The Iberians had saluted him as a king, but there is no evidence that he ever envisaged playing other than a traditional role in Roman politics.’
    • ‘Liverpool has embraced the influx of Iberians at one of its football clubs.’
    • ‘But it is time for the talented Iberians to finally show their undoubted quality on the big stage.’
    • ‘The early history of Portugal saw occupation by Iberians from North Africa and then by Celts who migrated from France.’
    • ‘The Armorica plate, as it is usually conceived, was composed of the Iberian, Armorican and Bohemian Massifs.’
    • ‘Like Manuel from ‘Fawlty Towers’, it seems Margo is an Iberian!’
    • ‘We claim Lazarus as our soul brother, the Iberian as our leader.’
    • ‘The Iberian's voice was gruff and masculine, hiding any accent.’
    • ‘The Iberian sets up a good France-Italy battle with France having the decided edge.’
  • 2The extinct Romance language spoken in the Iberian peninsula in late classical times. It forms an intermediate stage between Latin and modern Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese.

    Also called Ibero-Romance

    ‘After all, no one calls Polish Polish Slavonic or Portuguese Portuguese Iberian.’
    • ‘Maman taught her not only the Latin and French that were the basis of her education, but Sanskrit and ancient Iberian.’
  • 3The extinct Celtic language spoken in the Iberian peninsula in ancient times, known only from a few inscriptions, place names, and references by Latin authors.

    Also called Celtiberian