Wah·​habi | \ wə-ˈhä-bē How to pronounce Wahhabi (audio) , wä- \
variants: or less commonly Wahabi

Definition of Wahhabi

: 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

Other Words from Wahhabi

Wahhabism or less commonly Wahabism \ wə-​ˈhä-​ˌbi-​zəm How to pronounce Wahabism (audio) , wä-​ \ noun
Wahhabite or less commonly Wahabite \ wə-​ˈhä-​ˌbīt How to pronounce Wahabite (audio) , wä-​ \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of Wahhabi

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Wahhabi

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

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Cite this Entry

“Wahhabi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wahhabi. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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