Mo·​ab·​ite ˈmō-ə-ˌbīt How to pronounce Moabite (audio)
: a member of an ancient Semitic people related to the Hebrews
Moabite adjective
or Moabitish

Word History


Middle English, from Late Latin Moabita, Moabites, from Greek Mōabitēs, from Mōab Moab, ancient kingdom in Syria

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Moabite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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