Definition of Barbary in English:

Barbary

(also Barbary States)

proper noun

  • 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

Origin

Based on Arabic barbar (see Berber).

Pronunciation:

Barbary

/ˈbärbərē/