noun sa·bir \səˈbi(ə)r\

Definition of sabir



  1. :  a French-based pidgin language of North Africa

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Origin and Etymology of sabir

French, from the word for “know” in a concocted lingua franca used by Molière †1673 French playwright in his comedy Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1670) as the vehicle of a song (of which the first two lines are Se ti sabir, Ti respondir meaning “if you know, answer”), probably from Spanish saber to know — more at savvy

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a brief usually trivial fact

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