Ab·​bas·​id ə-ˈba-səd How to pronounce Abbasid (audio) ˈa-bə-səd How to pronounce Abbasid (audio)
: a member of a dynasty of caliphs (750–1258) ruling the Islamic empire especially from their capital Baghdad and claiming descent from Abbas the uncle of Muhammad

Examples of Abbasid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ubisoft via Saniya Ahmed In Mirage, Basim gives up his life as a street thief and trains as an Assassin to find the faces behind the Abbasid Caliphate’s (which was real) Order of the Ancients (which is fiction), a Templar-like group seeking an ancient memory seal. WIRED, 24 Oct. 2023 In 1058, a pro-Fatimid rebellion briefly captured Baghdad before being driven out by the Seljuk Turks, who had conquered much of the eastern Islamic world and established themselves as protectors of the Abbasid caliph and Sunni orthodoxy. Nicholas Liu, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Oct. 2023 One early medieval English king, Offa, minted a commemorative coin modeled on an Abbasid dinar, complete with a copy of the Islamic declaration of faith. Mary Rambaran-Olm and Erik Wade, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2021 This Islamic medical text is attributed to Ali ibn Musa al-Ridha, a Shia imam born in Medina, Saudi Arabia, who lived from AD 765 to 818 during the Abbasid caliphate. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2021 This institution thrived under the Abbasid caliphs of Baghdad in the eighth and ninth centuries as a library and academy. National Geographic, 30 July 2020

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Word History


ʽAbbās ibn ʽAbdias al-Muṭṭāālib died circa 653 uncle of Muhammad + -id entry 1

First Known Use

1719, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Abbasid was in 1719

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“Abbasid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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