Arabic

noun
Ar·​a·​bic | \ ˈa-rə-bik How to pronounce Arabic (audio) , ˈer-ə- \

Definition of Arabic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a Semitic language originally of the Arabs of the Hejaz and Nejd that is now the prevailing speech of a wide region of southwestern Asia and northern Africa

Arabic

adjective

Definition of Arabic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or constituting the language Arabic Arabic neologisms of the nineteenth century …— Bernard Lewis His bibliography contains no classical Arabic texts and only a handful of dubiously transliterated recent Arabic titles …— Pierre Cachia … edited and reviewed by Arabic scholars in Paris …— Edwin McDowell
2 : expressed in or utilizing Arabic numerals 21 is an Arabic number. Arabic notation
3 : of, relating to, or characteristic of Arabia or the Arabs As Arabic music permeates various other sounds, so are western sounds finding their way into various Arabic musics.— Hank Bordowitz The Middle East meets the Wild West in this variation on Arabic hummus.— Steven Raichlen There still exist some folk instruments in Portugal whose names indicate their Arabic origin.— Alexander Buchner

First Known Use of Arabic

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Arabic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Arabic. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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Arabic

noun
How to pronounce Arabic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Arabic

: the language of the Arab people

Arabic

noun
Ar·​a·​bic | \ ˈer-ə-bik How to pronounce Arabic (audio) \

Kids Definition of Arabic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a language spoken in the Arabian Peninsula of southwestern Asia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and parts of northern Africa

Arabic

adjective

Kids Definition of Arabic (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the Arabian Peninsula of southwestern Asia, the Arabs, or Arabic

arabic

Medical Definition of arabic

— see gum arabic

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