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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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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 fellahin


1743, plural of Arabic fallah (see fellah).



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

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