- Obs. an alien or foreigner: in the ancient world applied esp. to non-Greeks, non-Romans, or non-Christians
- a member of a people or group with a civilization regarded as primitive, savage, etc.
- a person who lacks culture
- a coarse or unmannerly person; boor
- a savage, cruel person; brute
Origin of barbarianfrom Classical Latin barbarus, barbarous
- uncivilized; crude
- cruel; barbarous