1. a member of a group of North African tribes living in Barbary and the Sahara.
  2. a subfamily of Afro-Asiatic, consisting of the languages of the Berbers, including Tuareg and Kabyle.
  1. of or relating to the Berbers or their language.

Origin of Berber

1835–45; < Arabic barbar < Greek bárbaros; see barbarous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for berber


  1. a member of a Caucasoid Muslim people of N Africa
  2. the language of this people, forming a subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. There are extensive differences between dialects
  1. of or relating to this people or their language
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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).

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