Definition of Arab in English:

Arab

Syllabification: Ar·ab
Pronunciation: /ˈarəb
 
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noun

  • 1A member of a Semitic people, originally from the Arabian peninsula and neighboring territories, inhabiting much of the Middle East and North Africa.
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    • Henceforth, he insisted that he was Emperor not only of the French but also of the North African Arabs.
    • Trans-Sahara trade with North Africans and Arabs began to transform these northern societies greatly.
    • Nearly 300,000 North African Arabs, for example, fought in the ranks of the Free French.
  • 2An Arabian horse.
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    • Arabs tend to be very actively attuned and responsive to their riders, whether or not their riders intend for them to be.
    • That blob of silver takes away from the Arab's beautiful, large, wide-set eyes.
    • Most are Arabs, for centuries bred for toughness and distance.

adjective

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  • Of or relating to Arabia and the people of Arabia: Arab countries
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    • But, caught on the continent's horn, it isn't of Africa - it is neither Arab north nor Bantu south.
    • In other words, seven-eighths of ancient Palestine now makes up Arab states, predominantly Jordan and Syria.
    • The main markets were in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, the US and Arab countries.

Origin

from French Arabe, via Latin and Greek from Arabic ῾arab.

Usage

See Arabian (usage).

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