Ibe·​ri·​an | \ ī-ˈbir-ē-ən How to pronounce Iberian (audio) \

Definition of Iberian

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : of or relating to the peoples anciently inhabiting parts of the peninsula comprising Spain and Portugal or to their languages The people known to scholars as Iberians seem to have been located primarily along the east coast of Spain … . Hundreds of Iberian inscriptions have been found throughout this entire region, showing the presence of a common language.— Justin St. P. Walsh
b : of or relating to ancient Iberia (see Iberia sense 1) … we prefer a short detour to the south of the paved highway to the village of Tricio, built over the ruins of an ancient Iberian city.— David M. Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson
2 : of or relating to Spain, Portugal, or the Basque region or to their inhabitants modern Iberian cuisine IBS affects up to 7.8% of the total Iberian population (Spain, Portugal and Andorra) …PR Newswire Europe (London) — see also iberian peninsula

Iberian

noun (1)

Definition of Iberian (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : 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
2 : one or more of the languages of the ancient Iberians

Definition of Iberian (Entry 3 of 4)

: of or relating to the Caucasus of Asia between the Black and Caspian seas or to its inhabitants From the Iberian Caucasus, the most lofty and craggy mountains of Asia …— Edward Gibbon

Iberian

noun (2)

Definition of Iberian (Entry 4 of 4)

: a member of one or more peoples anciently inhabiting the Caucasus in Asia between the Black and Caspian seas

First Known Use of Iberian

Adjective (1)

circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective (2)

1671, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Iberian

Noun (1)

Iberia, peninsula in Europe

Noun (2)

Iberia, ancient region of the Caucasus

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The first known use of Iberian was in 1601

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27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Iberian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Iberian. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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