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rabat1

[rab-ee, ruh-bat] /ˈræb i, rəˈbæt/
noun, Ecclesiastical.
1.
a sleeveless, backless, vestlike garment extending to the waist, worn by a cleric beneath the clerical collar, especially in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
Also called rabbi.
Origin of rabat1
1860-1865
From Middle French, dating back to 1860-65; See origin at rebate1

rabat2

[rab-uh t] /ˈræb ət/
noun
1.
a piece of unglazed and imperfectly fired pottery, used for polishing hard surfaces.
Origin
< French, Middle French. See rebate1

Rabat

[rah-baht, ruh-] /rɑˈbɑt, rə-/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of Morocco, in the NW part.

Morocco

[muh-rok-oh] /məˈrɒk oʊ/
noun
1.
French Maroc. Spanish Marruecos. a kingdom in NW Africa: formed from a sultanate that was divided into two protectorates (French Morocco and Spanish Morocco) and an international zone. 172,104 sq. mi. (445,749 sq. km).
Capital: Rabat.
Compare Tangier Zone.
2.
former name of Marrakesh.
3.
(lowercase) a fine, pebble-grained leather, originally made in Morocco from goatskin tanned with sumac.
4.
(lowercase) any leather made in imitation of this.
Also called morocco leather (for defs 3, 4).
Related forms
Moroccan
[muh-rok-uh n] /məˈrɒk ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
pro-Moroccan, adjective, noun
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  • Oranges of rabat, superior in quality, and low in price, 114.

  • I would go to rabat, if it were in my power, and there were no undue risk in the undertaking.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • It happens this time, however, that my ole tub has to call in at rabat and Mogador.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • If he is so powerful, why did he hide me in a litter until he was far from rabat?

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  • Her sole knowledge of rabat was gleaned from Domenico Garcias message.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • This, and more, the Bey of rabat discreetly told to the captain of the warship.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • Is it quite certain, he asked, that Captain Warden went ashore at rabat?

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • We can land you at rabat in a day or two; youll be safer in a port.

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  • I come to rabat to buy great lot of carpets for Schlagintwert.

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British Dictionary definitions for rabat

Rabat

/rəˈbɑːt/
noun
1.
the capital of Morocco, in the northwest on the Atlantic coast, served by the port of Salé: became a military centre in the 12th century and a Corsair republic in the 17th century. Pop: 673 000 (2003)

morocco

/məˈrɒkəʊ/
noun
1.
  1. a fine soft leather made from goatskins, used for bookbinding, shoes, etc
  2. (as modifier): morocco leather
Word Origin
C17: after Morocco, where it was originally made

Morocco

/məˈrɒkəʊ/
noun
1.
a kingdom in NW Africa, on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic: conquered by the Arabs in about 683, who introduced Islam; at its height under Berber dynasties (11th–13th centuries); became a French protectorate in 1912 and gained independence in 1956. It is mostly mountainous, with the Atlas Mountains in the centre and the Rif range along the Mediterranean coast, with the Sahara in the south and southeast; an important exporter of phosphates. Official language: Arabic; Berber and French are also widely spoken. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: dirham. Capital: Rabat. Pop: 32 649 130 (2013 est). Area: 458 730 sq km (177 117 sq miles) French name Maroc
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Word Origin and History for rabat

Rabat

Moroccan capital, from Arabic ar-ribat, from ribat "fortified monastery."

morocco

n.

"kind of fine flexible leather," 1630s, short for Morocco leather, from Morocco, the country in northwest Africa, where the tanned leather first was made.

Morocco

country in northwest Africa, from Italian, from Berber Marrakesh (properly the name of the city of Marrakesh), from Arabic Maghrib-al-Aqca "Extreme West." Cf. French Maroc, German Marokko. In English, the first vowel has been altered, apparently by influence of Moor. Related: Moroccan.

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rabat in Culture

Morocco definition


Kingdom in northwestern Africa with coasts on the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea; it is bordered by Algeria to the east and the western Sahara to the south. Its largest city is Casablanca, and its capital is Rabat.

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