Definition of Iberian in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈbɪərɪən


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


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  • 1A native of Iberia, especially in ancient times.
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    • 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.
  • 2 [mass noun] The 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.
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    • 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.
  • 3 [mass noun] The 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.

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