Meaning of Ubaid in English:


Pronunciation /uːˈbeɪd/


  • Relating to or denoting a pre-urban culture in Mesopotamia, dated to the 5th millennium BC.

    ‘the clay covered the remains of earlier habitation, including pottery from the Ubaid period’
    • ‘As a result of this work it is now known that the site began in the 5th millennium bc, the Ubaid period, growing to urban proportions by the early 4th millennium bc.’
    • ‘Two societies were therefore involved at the site: the Mesopotamian Ubaid and the Arabian Neolithic.’
    • ‘Around 3250 BC, what would later become the Sumerian culture started immigrating to Ubaid territory as well.’
    • ‘There is much continuity between the Ubaid culture and the succeeding Uruk period, when many of the earlier traditions were elaborated, particularly in architecture.’
    • ‘The invention of the true potters’ wheel came at the end of the Ubaid period and helped usher in the Uruk period of pottery and culture.’


the Ubaid
  • A pre-urban culture in Mesopotamia dated to the 5th millennium BC.

    • ‘it is in the Ubaid that region-wide belief systems were formalized in Mesopotamia’


From the name of the tell Al ‘Ubaid near Ur in the Euphrates valley.