Berber

noun

Ber·​ber ˈbər-bər How to pronounce Berber (audio)
1
: a member of any of various peoples living in northern Africa west of Tripoli
2
a
: 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

Word History

Etymology

ultimately from Arabic barbar

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Berber was in 1732

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“Berber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Berber. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

Berber

noun
Ber·​ber ˈbər-bər How to pronounce Berber (audio)
1
: a member of a people of northwestern Africa
2
: any of a group of languages spoken in northwestern Africa

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