- (sometimes initial capital letter) a person born in Israel.
Origin of sabra
1940–45; < colloquial Modern Hebrew sabre literally, prickly pear < Arabic ṣabrah
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Examples from the Web for sabra
He was the first diplomat on the scene to witness the butchery in Sabra and Shatila in September 1982.30 Years After the Beirut Bombing We Have Learned Nothing
October 23, 2013
They are consistent with the same old exclusivity and elitism of the suntanned Sabra soldier.
She talked about being a woman in a minority where "the machismo of the Sabra"—a native-born Israeli—is still supreme.
Rana Mansour, also Palestinian, fled to Sabra in early December with her six children, aged between 17 and 3.Syria’s Palestinians Seek Refuge in Lebanon
February 11, 2013
Just as he seems to be able to recruit Sabra refugees from the Likud, this ad shows his ability to reach out to American olim.Naftali Bennett Wants You!
December 25, 2012
With incredible swiftness he drew his heavy Sabra and leaped upon Dick.The Boy Land Boomer
There we must leave them, to tell what became of the Princess Sabra.
In vain the Princess Sabra entreated him not to undertake the adventure.
Mr. Sabra sang some Arabic songs and Fahima joined him in a duet.A Trip to the Orient
Robert Urie Jacob
Perhaps, if Jimmy had met Sabra before he left off being a gentleman—!The King of Schnorrers
- a native-born Israeli Jew
from Hebrew Sabēr prickly pear, common plant in the coastal areas of the country
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Word Origin and History for sabra
"Jew born in Palestine (or, after 1948, Israel)," 1945, from Modern Hebrew sabrah, literally "prickly pear."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper