a: a member of one or more peoples anciently inhabiting parts of the peninsula comprising Spain and Portugal
b: a native or inhabitant of Spain or Portugal or the Basque region
: one or more of the languages of the ancient Iberians
Origin of IBERIAN
Iberia, peninsula in Europe
First Known Use: 1611
Any member of a prehistoric people of southern and eastern Spain. They were largely untouched by the migrations of Celtic peoples to northern and central Spain beginning in the 8th century BC. Culturally they were influenced by Greek and Phoenician trading colonies. On the eastern coast, tribes seem to have formed independent city-states; in the south, they formed monarchies. Their economy was based on agriculture, mining, and metallurgy. Their non-Indo-European language continued into Roman times.