from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a people considered by those of another nation or group to have a primitive civilization.
- n. A fierce, brutal, or cruel person.
- n. An insensitive, uncultured person; a boor. See Synonyms at boor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Relating to people, countries or customs perceived as uncivilized or inferior.
- n. An uncivilized or uncultured person, originally compared to the hellenistic Greco-Roman civilisation; often associated with fighting or other such shows of strength.
- n. Someone from a developing country or backward culture.
- n. A warrior, clad in fur or leather, associated with Sword and Sorcery stories.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A foreigner.
- n. A man in a rude, savage, or uncivilized state.
- n. A person destitute of culture.
- n. A cruel, savage, brutal man; one destitute of pity or humanity.
- adj. Of, or pertaining to, or resembling, barbarians; rude; uncivilized; barbarous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A foreigner; one whose language and customs differ from those of the speaker or writer.
- n. One outside the pale of Christian civilization.
- n. A man in a rude, savage state; an uncivilized person.
- n. An uncultured person; one who has no sympathy with culture; a philistine.
- n. A cruel, savage, brutal person; one destitute of pity or humanity: as, “thou fell barbarian,”
- n. [capitalized] A native of Barbary.
- Foreign; of another or outside nation; hence, non-Hellenic, non-Roman, non-Christian, non-Chinese, etc.
- Of or pertaining to savages; rude; uncivilized.
- Cruel; inhuman; barbarous.
- [capitalized] Of or belonging to Barbary.
- n. A member of a barbarian people. See II., 5.
- In anthropology, pertaining to a state of society in which descent is reckoned in the paternal line, and in which the members of the paternal family of all generations form an exogamous social unit called a gens.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
- adj. without civilizing influences
- n. a member of an uncivilized people
French barbarien, from barbare, barbarous, from Latin barbarus; see barbarous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Medieval Latin barbarinus ("Berber, pagan, Saracen, barbarian"), from Latin barbaria ("foreign country"), from barbarus ("foreigner, savage"), from Ancient Greek βάρβαρος (barbaros, "foreign, strange"), onomatopoeic (mimicking foreign languages, akin to 'blah blah'). (Wiktionary)