Definition of barbarian noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɑːˈbeəriən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrˈberiən//
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  1. 1(in ancient times) a member of a people who did not belong to one of the great civilizations (Greek, Roman, Christian) barbarian invasions of the fifth century
  2. 2a person who behaves very badly and has no respect for art, education, etc.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (as an adjective used in a derogatory way to denote a person with different speech and customs): from Old French barbarien, from barbare, or from Latin barbarus, from Greek barbaros ‘foreign’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: barbarian