Definition of Himyarite in English:


Syllabification: Him·yar·ite
Pronunciation: /ˈhimyəˌrīt


  • A member of an ancient people of the southwestern part of the Arabian peninsula, who ruled much of southern Arabia before the 6th century ad.
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    • In Arabia, whole tribes converted to Judaism, including two kinds of the Himyarites.
    • The Himyarites had by this time formed an alliance with the Persians and defeated the Ethiopian invaders.
    • The monuments of these Himyarites were inscribed with an obsolete and mysterious alphabet.


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  • Of or relating to the Himyarites.
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    • Yet the kingdom was not Jewish, and its monotheism was but an expression of Himyarite independence.
    • The town leaders climbed down the well next to where the Himyarite castle used to be in the walled city.
    • A number of ancient empires, including the Minaean, Sabaean, and Himyarite, flourished in southern Yemen.


from the name Himyar (the name of a traditional king of Yemen) + -ite1.

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