aljamia

noun

al·​ja·​mia
variants or aljamiah
ˌälhäˈmēə
plural -s
1
: Spanish written in Hebrew or especially Arabic characters
2
: the Arabic alphabet as adapted for writing Spanish

Word History

Etymology

Spanish aljamía, from Arabic al-ʽajamīyah the non-Arab, barbarian

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aljamia was in 1822

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“Aljamia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aljamia. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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