Barbary Coast

geographical name
Bar·​ba·​ry Coast | \ ˈbär-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce Barbary Coast (audio) \

Definition of Barbary Coast

1 region of northern Africa extending from Egypt to the Atlantic and including the former Barbary States (Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli) a chiefly former name
2 section of San Francisco formerly noted as a center of gambling, prostitution, and riotous nightlife an informal name

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“Barbary Coast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Barbary%20Coast. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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