from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A region of northern Africa on the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and the Atlantic Ocean. Settled by Berbers in the 2nd millennium B.C., it was conquered by Arabs in the 7th century A.D. From the 16th to the 19th century it was used as a base by pirates who raided ships in the Mediterranean Sea and extracted tribute from the European powers trading in the area.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The Mediterranean coastal areas of North Africa that were used as a base by pirates in the 16th to 19th centuries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The countries on the north coast of Africa from Egypt to the Atlantic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Foreign or barbarous nationality; paganism; heathenism.
- n. Barbarity; barbarism.
- n. Barbarous speech.
- n. A Barbary horse; a barb. See barb, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a region of northern Africa on the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and Gibraltar; was used as a base for pirates from the 16th to 19th centuries
From Berber, influenced by barbary ("barbarian, non-Christian") (Wiktionary)