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[moo r-ish] /ˈmʊər ɪʃ/
of or relating to the Moors, a Muslim people of NW Africa.
in the style of the Moors, as architecture or decoration.
Origin of Moorish
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, Moorish is from the late Middle English word morys. See Moor, -ish1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In the streets of the Moorish city many a group still lingered.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Let them boast of their Moorish gallantry and their infidel marriages—a fig for them!

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • The Biarkemal would soon have drowned the Moorish ‘Lelhies.’

  • She had put it over her head for a hood, pretending to be a Moorish woman.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • The Moorish guards who kept it fell back at sight of him with looks of consternation.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Outside there was a wide terrace lit up by Chinese and Moorish lanterns.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • It is this porch that most strongly shows the hand of Moorish workmen.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • This is very common in Moorish roofs, and may be seen at Seville and elsewhere.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
British Dictionary definitions for Moorish


/ˈmʊərɪʃ; ˈmɔː-/
of or relating to the Moors
denoting the style of architecture used in Spain from the 13th to 16th century, characterized by the horseshoe arch
Also Morisco, Moresco
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Word Origin and History for Moorish

"of or pertaining to Moors," mid-15c., from Moor + -ish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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