Arab

noun
Ar·​ab | \ ˈa-rəb How to pronounce Arab (audio) , ˈer-əb; dialectal also ˈā-ˌrab \

Definition of Arab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a member of an Arabic-speaking people
b : a member of the Semitic people of the Arabian Peninsula

Definition of Arab (Entry 2 of 2)

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Arab adjective

First Known Use of Arab

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for Arab

Noun

Middle English, from Latin Arabus, Arabs, from Greek Arab-, Araps, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian Arabu, Aribi desert nomads, Arabic A'rāb Bedouins

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The first known use of Arab was in the 14th century

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“Arab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Arab. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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Arab

noun
How to pronounce Arab (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Arab

: a member of the people who are originally from the Arabian Peninsula and who now live mostly in the Middle East and northern Africa

Arab

noun
Ar·​ab | \ ˈer-əb How to pronounce Arab (audio) \

Kids Definition of Arab

: a person born or living in the Arabian Peninsula of southwestern Asia

Other Words from Arab

Arab adjective

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