• (GA) IPA: /ˈbɑɹb(ə)ɹə/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈbɑːb(ə)ɹə/

barbara (plural barbaras)

  1. (logic) A syllogism in which all three propositions are of the form "All X are Y" or "X is a Y".

  • (GA) IPA: /ˈbɑɹb(ə)ɹə/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈbɑːb(ə)ɹə/
Proper noun
  1. A female given name.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
      : Scene 3:
      My mother had a maid call'd Barbara; / She was in love, and he she lov'd prov'd mad / And did forsake her; […]
    • 17th century or before: English folk song: Barbara Allen: 1839 version by Thomas Percy:
      All in the merrye month of May / When greene buds they were swellin / Yong Jemmye Grove on his death-bed lay / For love of Barbara Allen.
    • 1860 Mrs Henry Wood (Ellen Wood) East Lynne. Kessinger Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0192804626 page 29:
      "What do you think they are going to name the baby? Anne; after her and her mamma. So very ugly a name!" "I don't think so," said Mr Carlyle. "It is simple and unpretending. I like it much. Look at the long, pretentious names in our family - Archibald! Cornelia! And yours, too - Barbara! What a mouthful they all are!" Barbara contracted her eyebrows. It was equivalent to saying that he did not like her name.
    • 1922 Francis Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned, ISBN 1603035281, page 76:
      "Everybody in the next generation," suggested Dick, "will be named Peter or Barbara - because at present all piquant literary characters are named Peter or Barbara."
    • 2007 Marina Lewycka, Two Caravans, Fig Tree, ISBN 9780670916375, page 299:
      'Barbara?' Barr―baah―rrah. Barbarian woman. Wild. Untamed. An incredibly sexy name.

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