Arab

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noun

Ar·​ab ˈa-rəb How to pronounce Arab (audio)
ˈer-əb;
 dialectal also  ˈā-ˌrab
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a
: a member of an Arabic-speaking people
b
: a member of the Semitic people of the Arabian Peninsula
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Arab adjective

Arab

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abbreviation

Examples of Arab in a Sentence

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Noun
Two years after Bravo's eleventh installment into the Real Housewives franchise first premiered, viewers will once again be able to take in the glam and the drama in Dubai, United Arab Emirates when a second season of the cult favorite franchise debuts June 2. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 Biden’s Political Bind: President Biden’s steadfast support of the Israeli war effort in Gaza is angering young people and Arab Americans in an election year. Rozina Ali, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2024 In 1968, exactly fifty years ago, my father passed away, leaving… Read more From the Window by Iman Mersal From Another Room to Live In: 15 Contemporary Arab Poets, which will be published this month by Litmus Press. Christopher Tayler, Harper's Magazine, 28 Feb. 2024 Biden says temporary cease-fire in Gaza could come next week Biden’s tight embrace of Israel has hurt him politically among young voters, progressives, people of color and Arab Americans — and on the eve of the Michigan primary. Hazem Balousha, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2024 Iraq pumped 230,000 more barrels and the United Arab Emirates produced 300,000 more barrels, according to the IEA report. Krystal Hur, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 The program is also available for arriving US travelers at 14 international airports, including in Aruba, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, The Bahamas, and the United Arab Emirates. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Feb. 2024 Israel has full diplomatic relations with Jordan and Egypt and Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan and Morocco all have signed agreements recognizing Israel’s right to exist as a state. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The service will be available to some authorities in Israel and the government approved it for use at a field hospital run by the United Arab Emirates in southern Gaza, the Israeli communications ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Marissa Newman, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Time Traveler
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 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

Arab

noun
Ar·​ab
ˈar-əb
1
a
: a member of the Semitic people of the Arabian Peninsula
b
: a member of an Arabic-speaking people
2
Arab adjective

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