Definition of Barbary in English:


Syllabification: Bar·ba·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈbärbərē
(also Barbary States)
A former name for the Saracen countries of north and northwestern 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).

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