Definition of Kabyle in English:

Kabyle

Line breaks: Ka¦byle
Pronunciation: /kəˈbʌɪl
 
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noun

1 (plural same) A member of a Berber people inhabiting northern Algeria.
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  • These frères d'olive would create another society with the local Kabyles and Berbers, departements of France as North Africa was once a great and fertile province of Rome.
  • Berbers who inhabited the Atlas Mountains southeast of Algiers, Kabyles were the fiercest opponents of the French occupation, submitting to it only in 1857.
  • The pressure to Arabize was resisted by Berber population groups, such as the Kabyles, the Chaouia, the Tuareg, and the Mzabt.
2 [mass noun] The Berber dialect of the Kabyle people.
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  • The Chaouia dialect, which is distinguishable from but related to Kabyle, bears the mark and influence of Arabic.
  • The principal language used by this people is Kabyle, used both at home and professionally.
  • Kabyle is a Berber language spoken by the Kabyle people.

adjective

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Relating to the Kabyle or their language.
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  • We employed this technique when a Kabyle vessel arrived at the Museum with a white bloom across parts of the surface.
  • The Chaouias are traditionally the most isolated of all the Berber groups; the only outsiders their villages received were occasional Kabyle traders.
  • The fota, a piece of cloth usually red, yellow and black, was worn at the hips by Kabyle women.

Origin

probably from Arabic qabā'il, plural of qabīla 'tribe'.

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