Meaning of Arbëresh in English:


(also Arberesh, Arbëreshë, Arbresh)

Pronunciation /ˌɑːbəˈrɛʃ/


  • A member of an Albanian-speaking people inhabiting parts of southern Italy and Sicily, descended from emigrants from Albania in the Middle Ages.


  • Of, relating to, or designating the Arbëresh or their language.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Nature: a weekly journal of science. From Albanian arbëresh, variant (with rhotacism) of arbënesh from †Arbën Albania + -esh, suffix denoting an inhabitant of a place (cognate with or borrowed from classical Latin -ēnsis).