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marabout

[mar-uh-boot, -boo] /ˈmær əˌbut, -ˌbu/
noun
1.
Islam.
  1. a hermit or holy man, especially in N Africa, often wielding political power and credited with supernatural powers.
  2. the tomb or shrine of such a man.
2.
Origin of marabout
1615-1625
1615-25; < French < Portuguese marabuto < Arabic murābit; see Almoravid, maravedi
Related forms
maraboutism, noun
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Examples from the Web for marabout
Historical Examples
  • A holy man, or marabout, denned on the top and we must pay our respects.

  • The marabout demanded without ceremony where were the prisoners.

    A Modern Telemachus Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I was at this moment the whole length of the room from the marabout.

  • "If Madame will allow me I will salute the marabout," said Batouch.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
  • But the marabout was away, and no one ever came out on his roof when he was absent.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • This present marabout was his next of kin—or so everybody believes.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • "It will be better that the exchange should be made here," said the marabout.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Did the marabout appoint Toudja as the place to make the exchange, or was it you?

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Did—the marabout seem bent on making this bordj the rendezvous?

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • "Looks as if they'd got a tip from the marabout's men," he said slowly.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for marabout

marabout

/ˈmærəˌbuː/
noun
1.
a Muslim holy man or hermit of North Africa
2.
a shrine of the grave of a marabout
Word Origin
C17: via French and Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābit
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