Definition of Iberian in English:



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

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


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

    • ‘The early history of Portugal saw occupation by Iberians from North Africa and then by Celts who migrated from France.’
    • ‘As usual, the field at the home of Catalan tennis is populated by Spaniards, with nearly half the draw made up of Iberians.’
    • ‘Its original inhabitants were Iberians and Celts who were later conquered by the Romans and the Moors.’
    • ‘But it is time for the talented Iberians to finally show their undoubted quality on the big stage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Iberians did not initially favour private firms.’
    • ‘Liverpool has embraced the influx of Iberians at one of its football clubs.’
    • ‘The Iberian's voice was gruff and masculine, hiding any accent.’
    • ‘We claim Lazarus as our soul brother, the Iberian as our leader.’
    • ‘Like Manuel from ‘Fawlty Towers’, it seems Margo is an Iberian!’
    • ‘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 Armorica plate, as it is usually conceived, was composed of the Iberian, Armorican and Bohemian Massifs.’
    • ‘The Iberian sets up a good France-Italy battle with France having the decided edge.’
  • 2mass 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
    • ‘Maman taught her not only the Latin and French that were the basis of her education, but Sanskrit and ancient Iberian.’
    • ‘After all, no one calls Polish Polish Slavonic or Portuguese Portuguese Iberian.’
  • 3mass 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