barbaresque

adjective bar·ba·resque \ ¦bärbə¦resk \

Definition of barbaresque

1 usually capitalized :of, relating to, or characteristic of the Barbary Coast
2 :barbaric in style
  • barbaresque architecture

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Origin and Etymology of barbaresque

French, from Italian barbaresco, from Barbaria, Barberia Barbary, coastal region of northern Africa + Italian -esco -esque


Barbaresque

noun \ " \

Definition of Barbaresque

plural -s
:one of the natives of the Barbary Coast formerly noted for their piratical activity
  • seventy thousand peasants huddled together because it had not been safe to remain out for fear of the Barbaresques
  • —Bernhard Berenson

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