Barbary Coast

  1. the Mediterranean coastline of the former Barbary States: former pirate refuge.

  2. the waterfront district of San Francisco in the 19th century, notorious for its cheap bars and nightclubs, prostitutes, gambling houses, and high incidence of crime.

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How to use Barbary Coast in a sentence

  • When our little fleet arrived off the Barbary Coast, Morocco and Tunis stopped grumbling and soon came to terms.

  • He and five of his lieutenants had been arrested after an enthusiastic meeting on the Barbary Coast.

    Port O' Gold | Louis John Stellman
  • At that time the relations of the United States with the piratical powers of the Barbary Coast were most unsatisfactory.

    Twelve Naval Captains | Molly Elliot Seawell
  • He had already, in 1412, three years before the reduction of Ceuta, sent a ship to make discoveries on the Barbary Coast.

    The Lusiad | Lus de Cames
  • Both perished here, but some of their crew escaped to the Barbary Coast, and were made slaves.

British Dictionary definitions for Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast

  1. the Barbary Coast a historic name for the Mediterranean coast of North Africa: a centre of piracy against European shipping from the 16th to the 19th centuries

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