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[fel-uh] /ˈfɛl ə/
noun, plural fellahs Arabic, fellahin, fellaheen
[fel-uh-heen] /ˌfɛl əˈhin/ (Show IPA)
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 Unabridged
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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
  • Still the fellaheen plough with the camel yoked with the ox.

    The Spell of Egypt Robert Hichens
  • It has freed the plain to the fellaheen, though still it keeps my island in its clasp.

    The Spell of Egypt Robert Hichens
  • They are poor girls, daughters of two of our neighbors who are fellaheen or farmers.

    The Women of the Arabs Henry Harris Jessup
  • The fellaheen along the roads caught them as they could, and sold them to their neighbors.

    The Women of the Arabs Henry Harris Jessup
  • The people are poorer than any fellaheen (peasants) you ever saw.

    The Women of the Arabs Henry Harris Jessup
  • fellaheen and negro, they showed a vim and intelligence in track-making that Europeans could not surpass.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • Dervish spears were thrown into and over the staunch and unyielding Soudanese and fellaheen soldiery.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • There can be no doubt about one thing,—whatever may be said of fellaheen troopers, the Blacks will charge home.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • A little more than half belong to the peasant class and are known as "fellaheen."

    Our Moslem Sisters Annie Van Sommer
British Dictionary definitions for fellaheen


noun (pl) fellahs, fellahin, fellaheen (ˌfɛləˈhiːn)
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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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