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[ar-uh-bee] /ˈær ə bi/
noun, Literary.
Origin of Araby
1125-75; Middle English Arabye < Old French Arabie < Latin Arabia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He wore the light flexile mail of the ancient heroes of Araby or Fez.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The air is filled with odours sweet as the perfumes of Araby or Ind.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • I mounted it, and vaguely expected the odors of Araby a gain.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Milton says, 'Sabean odors from the spicy shores of Araby the blest.'

    Asiatic Breezes Oliver Optic
  • It had about it odors of the East; savors of Araby the blest.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • But we have ample stock of rare silks and rich spices of Araby and Gondar.

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy
  • The paper and the ink had a certain odor which was sweeter to me than the perfumes of Araby.

    Literature and Life William Dean Howells
  • The odor of the escaping gas was to us like "gales from Araby."

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage
  • I'll give you the money to send for about a million Araby cigarettes.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • Exquisite music was heard, and the perfumes of Araby filled the air.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb
British Dictionary definitions for Araby


an archaic or poetic name for Arabia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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