Definition of Fatimid in English:


Syllabification: Fat·i·mid
Pronunciation: /ˈfatəməd, -ˌmid


A member of a dynasty that ruled in parts of northern Africa, Egypt, and Syria from 909 to 1171, and founded Cairo as its capital in 969.
More example sentences
  • Founded by the Fatimids in 969; Fatimid Cairo contains al-Azhar, the renowned Islamic university.
  • In particular, they wanted to take Jerusalem, the city of Jesus Christ, away from the Islamic Fatimids who were ruling it.
  • The Fatimids in Egypt were falling apart in the 1150s.


Back to top  
Of or relating to the Fatimids.
More example sentences
  • He came to Egypt in 1168 as an assistant to his uncle, who was a general and then became the vizier of the last Fatimid caliph.
  • Local administration continued with little change, and the country's prosperity is reflected in the richness of Fatimid art and architecture.
  • A prolific writer, al-Kirmani was one of the most learned Ismaili theologians of the Fatimid times.


from Arabic Fāṭima (see Fatima, from whom the dynasty is said to descend) + -id3.



noun& adjective
More example sentences
  • The elated voices belonged to the final year Fatimites.

Definition of Fatimid in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day bimble
Pronunciation: ˈbɪmb(ə)l
walk or travel at a leisurely pace