Definition of Arab in English:


Pronunciation /ˈerəb/ /ˈɛrəb/

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  • 1A member of a Semitic people, originally from the Arabian peninsula and neighboring territories, inhabiting much of the Middle East and North Africa.

    ‘Henceforth, he insisted that he was Emperor not only of the French but also of the North African Arabs.’
    • ‘Trans-Sahara trade with North Africans and Arabs began to transform these northern societies greatly.’
    • ‘Nearly 300,000 North African Arabs, for example, fought in the ranks of the Free French.’
    • ‘Though some members are Kurds, many are thought to be Arabs from around the Middle East.’
    • ‘In 711 the peninsula was separated dramatically from the rest of Europe by an invasion of Arabs and Berbers from North Africa.’
    • ‘There has been a drop in the number of Asians, Africans and Arabs coming to the US.’
    • ‘Later, with the fall of the empire, it was settled by Germanic Visigoths, then Arabs and Moors.’
    • ‘It's on a par with exporting sand to the Arabs - an Englishman is selling haggis to the Scots.’
    • ‘With the signing of Zidane many French people and Arabs became Real Madrid fans.’
    • ‘Assyrians were in the region long before the British, the Ottomans, the Arabs, and the Kurds.’
    • ‘Residents of Kirkuk are divided in roughly equal parts among three ethnic groups, Arabs, Turkmen, and Kurds.’
    • ‘I visited it with a group called Chefs For Peace, which includes Arabs, Palestinians and Jews.’
    • ‘Also present are Arabs as well as Asians whose ancestors came from India and Pakistan.’
    • ‘They share their classrooms with Arabs, Africans, and Vietnamese.’
    • ‘The history of the Roman Empire figures in this story, but so do the Arabs and the Germans and the Slavs.’
  • 2An Arabian horse.

    ‘Arabs tend to be very actively attuned and responsive to their riders, whether or not their riders intend for them to be.’
    • ‘That blob of silver takes away from the Arab's beautiful, large, wide-set eyes.’
    • ‘Most are Arabs, for centuries bred for toughness and distance.’
    • ‘In her book The Myth of Napoleon's Horse, Jill Hamilton revealed that this horse was just one of many white Arabs in the imperial stables.’
    • ‘Racing changed its complexion as thoroughbreds replaced Arabs.’


  • Relating to Arabia and the people of Arabia.

    ‘Arab countries’
    • ‘But, caught on the continent's horn, it isn't of Africa - it is neither Arab north nor Bantu south.’
    • ‘In other words, seven-eighths of ancient Palestine now makes up Arab states, predominantly Jordan and Syria.’
    • ‘The main markets were in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, the US and Arab countries.’
    • ‘Improvements have occurred in Bangladesh, Pakistan and most Arab States.’
    • ‘Here's a piece about a public health magazine founded last year in Jerusalem and run by Jewish and Arab doctors.’
    • ‘These are only a tiny fraction of the theories given by Arab viewers but, for the sake of brevity, I will not recount them all.’
    • ‘But it wasn't until nearly 300 years later that Arab traders began to boil or roast these precious beans.’
    • ‘It was here that he helped draw together the previously warring Arab tribes into a fighting force capable of attacking the Turkish enemy.’
    • ‘The heart of the book is a trip to Egypt, where the writer attempts to ‘understand Arab culture’.’
    • ‘The ambassador returned to Alexandria's Arab quarter, disguised in a red tarboosh.’
    • ‘Likewise, Arab sailors carried back ship loads of handicrafts from India.’
    • ‘One of the problems has been the shortage of Arab speakers.’
    • ‘In the past, several Arab leaders buttressed the feeling of Arab unity.’
    • ‘Iraq, that legendary bastion of Arab culture and letters, is not represented in Frankfurt, by the way.’



Via Latin and Greek from Arabic ‘arab.