marabout

noun, often capitalized
mar·a·bout | \ ˈma-rə-bü \

Definition of marabout 

: a dervish in Muslim Africa believed to have supernatural power

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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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