sabir

noun
sa·​bir | \ səˈbi(ə)r \
plural -s

Definition of sabir

: a French-based pidgin language of North Africa

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History and Etymology for 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

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“Sabir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sabir. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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