[bahr-bruh, -ber-uh]
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “foreign, exotic.” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

fem. proper name, from L., fem. of barbarus "strange, foreign, barbarous," from Gk. barbaros (see barbarian). For women, unlike men, the concept of "alien" presumably could be felt as "exotic" and thus make an appealing name. Popularized as a Christian name by the legend
of Saint Barbara, early 4c. martyr, whose cult was popular from 7c. The common M.E. form was Barbary. A top 10 name in popularity for girls born in the U.S. between 1927 and 1958.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences for barbara
Barbara is ecstatic and the lunch date is given enormous significance.
Another line of defence, the barbara line, crossed the southern apennines.
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