Definition of marabout in English:


Line breaks: mara|bout
Pronunciation: /ˈmarəbuːt


  • 1A Muslim holy man or hermit, especially in North Africa.
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    • At the mosque, the marabout (Islamic holy man) and the father give the baby an Arabic name from the Koran.
    • The Maghrib, including Tunisia, has many legends involving Muslim leaders called marabouts (holy men).
    • Many Guineans rely on their traditional spirit beliefs and rely on marabouts (dervishes believed to have supernatural powers) and fetishes (superstitious objects) in times of trouble.
  • 1.1A shrine marking the burial place of a Muslim holy man or hermit.


early 17th century: via French and Portuguese from Arabic murābiṭ 'holy man'.

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