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Arabian

[uh-rey-bee-uh n] /əˈreɪ bi ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Arabia or its inhabitants.
2.
Arab.
3.
noun
4.
an inhabitant of Arabia.
5.
an Arab.
Origin of Arabian
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400; Arabi(a) + -an
Related forms
pro-Arabian, adjective, noun
trans-Arabian, adjective
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  • Tom said we was right in the midst of the Arabian Nights now.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • So we begun to gaze, and he begun to tell about it out of the Arabian Nights.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He speaks of “the liaison” with all the rude simplicity and frankness of the Arabian Nights.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Nay, of Andalusian, and consequently of Arabian, origin she must be.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Drop two thousand feet into the middle of the Arabian Desert?

British Dictionary definitions for Arabian

Arabian

/əˈreɪbɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Arabia or the Arabs
noun
2.
another word for Arab
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Arabian

c.1300, adjective and noun; see Arab + -ian. As a prized type of horse, it is attested from 1660s. The Arabian bird was the phoenix.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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