Berber

noun
Ber·​ber | \ ˈbər-bər How to pronounce Berber (audio) \

Definition of Berber

1 : a member of any of various peoples living in northern Africa west of Tripoli
2a : a branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family comprising languages spoken by various peoples of northern Africa and the Sahara (such as the Tuaregs and the Kabyles)
b : any one of the Berber languages

First Known Use of Berber

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Berber

ultimately from Arabic barbar

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“Berber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Berber. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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