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Ara·​bi·​an ə-ˈrā-bē-ən How to pronounce Arabian (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of Arabia


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: of, relating to, or characteristic of Arabia or the people of Arabia
Arabian music/art
Some people say the unicorn myth began long ago in the Arabian desert …Bet Hennefrund
… bad paintings of Arabian street scenes …Paul Karr et al.
These days the British are better acquainted with Arab customs, Arabian history, and the Arabic language, and with Arabs themselves, whose language we have been borrowing for six centuries.Philip Howard
… an exquisitely beautiful Arabian girl …Maurice Richardson
For authenticity, even the jockeys would be garbed in Arabian-type costumes.Carl Hiaasen
Arabian food includes a lot of spiced lamb and rice …Cleo Murphy
: of, relating to, involving, or being Arabian horses
… Thoroughbred, Morgan, and Arabian stallions …Alexander Fuller
Although dressage shows have been recognized by the American Horse Shows Association for only twenty years, they number just after hunter/jumper and Arabian competitions as the United States' third largest showing group.Wendy Insinger

Examples of Arabian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz Carlton Hotel For those wanting an authentic Arabian adventure with more than a touch of timelessness, Sharq Village & Spa may be just the ticket. Forbes Travel Guide, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The country’s school curricula and general historical works are being revised to place more emphasis on Arabian culture and the decisive role the royal family played in unifying and pacifying the region beginning in the eighteenth century. Bernard Haykel, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2024 When young Saudi Arabian director Moe Alatawi was growing up, cinema was banned in his country. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 The Shire Project is comprised of six exploration licenses and covers approximately 1,450 square kilometers in the prospective Arabian Nubian Shield. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Feb. 2024 Kazlauskas said many Arabian congregants used to attend local Catholic services, but many of the older members appreciated a service in Arabic. Jesse Wright, Chicago Tribune, 28 Jan. 2024 Since November, the group has attacked dozens of merchant vessels off the Arabian peninsula, significantly disrupting commercial shipping in the region, and setting off an aggressive campaign by the United States and other countries to thwart the assaults and degrade the Houthis’ arsenal. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2024 Reportedly, one obstacle to military action against the Houthis has been Saudi Arabian pleas. Shay Khatiri, National Review, 8 Jan. 2024 The natural predator of the Arabian tahr is the Arabian leopard. Amiah Taylor, Discover Magazine, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Arabian was in the 14th century

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“Arabian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, or characteristic of Arabia or its people
Arabian noun
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