- a member of a group of North African tribes living in Barbary and the Sahara.
- a subfamily of Afro-Asiatic, consisting of the languages of the Berbers, including Tuareg and Kabyle.
- of or relating to the Berbers or their language.
Origin of Berber
1835–45; < Arabic barbar < Greek bárbaros; see barbarous
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for berber
Egyptian authorities do have some reason to doubt Berber and Bedouin loyalty.On the Contraband Trail With Libya’s Gun Smugglers
June 16, 2014
They greeted us with a glass of sugared mint tea, called a “Berber whisky”, poured from high above out of a silver teapot.
Mouha repeated his Berber mantra at times, “People in a hurry are already dead.”
Mouha talked about the generosity and solidarity of Berber communities.
It had taken the camels and their black-turbaned Berber herders four long days to walk from the Sahara.
Then a girl of the Berber folk had brought slippers and drawn them on to Naomi's feet.The Scapegoat
At last Berber, with a boyish sigh, seemed to shake the whole matter off.
But young Berber leaned upon his garden fork, looking past her.
The richest townsmen had removed their property and families to Berber.The Life of Gordon, Volume II
Demetrius Charles Boulger
Debauchery and drunkenness are as fashionable here as in Berber.
- a member of a Caucasoid Muslim people of N Africa
- the language of this people, forming a subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. There are extensive differences between dialects
- of or relating to this people or their language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for berber
1820 (n.); 1832 (adj.), from Arabic name for the peoples living west of Egypt; perhaps ultimately from Greek barbaros "barbarians" (see Barbary).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper