Meaning of “barbarian” in the English Dictionary

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"barbarian" in British English

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barbariannoun [ C ]

uk /bɑːˈbeə.ri.ən/ us /bɑːrˈber.i.ən/

a member of a group of people from a very different country or culture that is considered to be less socially advanced and more violent than your own:

The walled city was attacked by barbarian hordes.

disapproving a person with little education who has no interest in art and culture:

How can you call those barbarians your friends?

(Definition of “barbarian” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"barbarian" in American English

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barbariannoun [ C ]

us /bɑrˈbeər·i·ən/

a person who has no experience of the habits and culture of modern life, and whose behavior you therefore consider strange or offensive:

They thought I was some kind of barbarian because I didn’t know how to use a computer.

(Definition of “barbarian” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)