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').
- (UK) IPA: /bɑː(ɹ).ˈbeə(ɹ).i.ən/, X-SAMPA: /bA:(r)"be@(r).i.@n/
- (US) IPA: /bɑɹ.ˈbeɹ.i.ən/, X-SAMPA: /bar"ber.I.@n/
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barbarian (not comparable)
barbarian (plural barbarians)
- An uncivilized or uncultured person, originally compared to the hellenistic Greco-Roman civilisation; often associated with fighting or other such shows of strength.
- (derogatory) Someone from a developing country or backward culture.
- A warrior, clad in fur or leather, associated with Sword and Sorcery stories.
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