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fellah

[fel-uh]
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noun, plural fel·lahs, Arabic fel·la·hin, fel·la·heen [fel-uh-heen] /ˌfɛl əˈhin/.
  1. a native peasant or laborer in Egypt, Syria, etc.

Origin of fellah

First recorded in 1735–45, fellah is from the Arabic word fallāḥ peasant
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Examples from the Web for fellaheen

Historical Examples

  • The faces of the fellaheen are the faces of Thotmes and Seti.

    The Weavers, Complete

    Gilbert Parker

  • It has freed the plain to the fellaheen, though still it keeps my island in its clasp.

    The Spell of Egypt

    Robert Hichens

  • Still the fellaheen plough with the camel yoked with the ox.

    The Spell of Egypt

    Robert Hichens

  • The fellaheen along the roads caught them as they could, and sold them to their neighbors.

    The Women of the Arabs

    Henry Harris Jessup

  • They are poor girls, daughters of two of our neighbors who are fellaheen or farmers.

    The Women of the Arabs

    Henry Harris Jessup


British Dictionary definitions for fellaheen

fellah

noun plural fellahs, fellahin or fellaheen (ˌfɛləˈhiːn)
  1. a peasant in Arab countries

Word Origin

C18: from Arabic, dialect variant of fallāh, from falaha to cultivate
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Word Origin and History for fellaheen

fellah

n.

"Egyptian peasant," 1743, from Arabic fallah "plowman," from falaha "to till the soil."

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