I. noun 1. a member of the indigenous people of North Africa, among whom are the nomadic Tuareg. 2. [ mass noun] — the Afro-Asiatic language of the Berber peoples, spoken by about 11 million people. There are several different dialects; some of them, e.g. Tamashek, are regarded by some scholars as separate languages. II. adjective relating to the Berber peoples or their language.
– origin from Arabic barbar, from Greek barbaros ‘foreigner’ (see barbarian).