Wah·​habi wə-ˈhä-bē How to pronounce Wahhabi (audio)
variants or less commonly Wahabi
: a member of a puritanical Muslim sect founded in Arabia in the 18th century by Muhammad ibn-Abdul Wahhab and revived by ibn-Saud in the 20th century
Wahhabism noun
or less commonly Wahabism
Wahhabite adjective or noun
or less commonly Wahabite

Word History


Arabic wahhābī, from Muḥammad ibn ʽAbd al-Wahhāb (Abdul-Wahhab) †1787 Arab religious reformer

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Wahhabi was in 1807

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Cite this Entry

“Wahhabi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wahhabi. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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