Barbary meaning

bärbə-rē, -brē
A region of northern Africa on the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and the Atlantic Ocean. Settled by Berbers in the 2nd millennium bc , it was conquered by Arabs in the 7th century ad . From the 16th to the 19th century it was used as a base by pirates who raided ships in the Mediterranean Sea and exacted tribute from the European powers trading in the area.
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Barbary Coast (region of N Africa)
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Barbarian; non-Christian.
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Origin of barbary

  • From Middle English barbarye (“barbarian, non-Christian")

    From Wiktionary