Meaning of sabra in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɑːbrə/


  • A Jewish person born in Israel (or before 1948 in Palestine).

    ‘There were Ashkenazim and Sephardim, Ethiopians and Russians, American students and fourth-generation sabras.’
    • ‘She couldn't be more of a sabra, growing up working in the kibbutz cowshed on Mount Gilboa.’
    • ‘My former student Ori, the groom, is a sabra whose family emigrated to America.’
    • ‘My neighbor, Orly, who is a sabra, comes over and calls Koby's teacher and is told: he hasn't been in school.’
    • ‘‘Am I mistaken,’ I asked a friend, a 50-something sabra whose son is an Israeli air force pilot, ‘or is the excitement that usually leads up to the holiday muted this year, if not entirely absent?’’
    • ‘Another case, seen as a natural experiment, involved the marital choices of Israeli sabra, co-reared kibbutz children.’
    • ‘The ensemble thus evoked a triple nostalgia: for childhood, for European lives and languages, and for the rich, melancholy Jewishness repressed by sabra swagger.’


From modern Hebrew ṣabbār ‘opuntia fruit’ (opuntias being common in coastal regions of Israel).