1. [ noun ] (geography) a part of a city that is notorious for gambling dens and brothels and saloons and riotous night life (especially the waterfront of San Francisco after the gold rush of 1849)

"we'll tolerate no Barbary Coast in this city!"

Related terms: city_district
2. [ noun ] (geography) the Mediterranean coast of North Africa that was famous for its Moorish pirates
Related terms: seashore Barbary
Similar spelling:   Barbarossa