Definition of marabout in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmerəˌbo͞o/ /ˈmɛrəˌbu/


  • 1A Muslim holy man or hermit, especially in North Africa.

    abstainer, recluse, hermit, solitary, anchorite, anchoress, desert saint, celibate, puritan, nun, monk
    1. 1.1A shrine marking the burial place of a Muslim holy man or hermit.
      holy place, temple, church, chapel, tabernacle, altar, sanctuary, sanctum


Early 17th century via French and Portuguese from Arabic murābiṭ ‘holy man’.