marabout

noun, often capitalized
mar·​a·​bout | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌbü How to pronounce marabout (audio) , ˈma-rə-\

Definition of marabout

: a dervish in Muslim Africa believed to have supernatural power

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The daaras are powerful institutions and the marabouts can influence the way people vote in elections. The Economist, "Thousands of children are abused in Senegal’s religious schools," 11 June 2019 The daaras are powerful and the marabouts can influence the way people vote in elections. The Economist, "Thousands of children are abused in Senegal’s religious schools," 13 June 2019 And on his head sat a tall, traditional straw hat adorned with red-tainted leather, given to him by his uncle on the advice of the marabout. Christian Bobst, National Geographic, "A modern juggernaut with traditional roots: Inside Senegalese wrestling," 26 Mar. 2019 Many marabouts, or religious teachers, respect children’s rights. The Economist, "Thousands of children are abused in Senegal’s religious schools," 13 June 2019 Although fighters arrive in the arena clad in tracksuits that resemble American boxers, underneath are lucky charms prescribed by the increasingly influential marabouts. Christian Bobst, National Geographic, "A modern juggernaut with traditional roots: Inside Senegalese wrestling," 26 Mar. 2019 By her grace Zandria Robinson is a shaman, griot, marabout, holy figure in atypical package. Tunde Wey, San Francisco Chronicle, "Black women are the future of the food industry," 15 Dec. 2017 Words to know: le marabout: witch doctor a) Witch doctors are gloomy but marvellous. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "Les Macrons, Les Macarons: A Quiz," 4 June 2017 Words to know: le marabout: witch doctor a) Witch doctors are gloomy but marvellous. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "Les Macrons, Les Macarons: A Quiz," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of marabout

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marabout

French, from Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābiṭ

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