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[mar-uh-boot, -boo]
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  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. marabou.
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Origin of marabout

1615–25; < French < Portuguese marabuto < Arabic murābit; see Almoravid, maravedi
Related formsmar·a·bout·ism, 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.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

    Thomas Carson

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for marabout


  1. a Muslim holy man or hermit of North Africa
  2. a shrine of the grave of a marabout
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Word Origin

C17: via French and Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābit
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