- of, belonging to, or derived from the language or literature of the Arabs.
- noting, pertaining to, or in the alphabetical script used for the writing of Arabic probably since about the fourth century a.d., and adopted with modifications by Persian, Urdu, and many other languages. A distinguishing feature of this script is the fact that etymologically short vowels are not normally represented.
- a Semitic language that developed out of the language of the Arabians of the time of Muhammad, now spoken in countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Abbreviation: Ar
- the standard literary and classical language as established by the Koran.
Origin of Arabic
Examples from the Web for arabic
His discourse is now more detailed: submission, which is the meaning of islam in Arabic, gives him a kind of enjoyment.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Even for Arabic dance no one wears a long dress, just a scarf around the hips.
She attends hip-hop and belly dance classes (known as Arabic dance in Iran) just to shine more at parties.
The group puts out most of its statements—on its Twitter feed, or its numerous websites—in Arabic, as opposed to Baluchi or Farsi.
The outlets giving these pronouncements the most airtime are Arabic news stations in the Gulf.
He was studying the resemblance between Arabic and English words.
In English, French, and Arabic, the reason was announced in neat print.
That is why, although writing in Arabic, Khalid prefers English.
But according to the Arabic proverb, the jar oozes of its 229 contents.
It was the first time he called her by her first name––an Arabic name which, as a Bahaist she had adopted.
- the language of the Arabs, spoken in a variety of dialects; the official language of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, the Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. It is estimated to be the native language of some 75 million people throughout the world. It belongs to the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages and has its own alphabet, which has been borrowed by certain other languages such as Urdu
- denoting or relating to this language, any of the peoples that speak it, or the countries in which it is spoken
Word Origin and History for arabic
early 14c., from Old French Arabique (13c.), from Latin Arabicus "Arabic" (see Arab). Old English used Arabisc "Arabish." Originally in reference to gum arabic; noun meaning "Arabic language" is from late 14c.
Arabic numerals (actually Indian) first attested 1727; they were introduced in Europe by Gerbert of Aurillac (later Pope Sylvester II) after a visit to Islamic Spain in 967-970. A prominent man of science, he taught in the diocesan school at Reims, but the numbers made little headway against conservative opposition in the Church until after the Crusades. The earliest depiction of them in English, in "The Crafte of Nombrynge" (c.1350) correctly identifies them as "teen figurys of Inde."