[ al-muh-rah-vid, al-mawr-uh-, -mohr- ]
/ ˌæl məˈrɑ vɪd, ælˈmɔr ə-, -ˈmoʊr- /


a member of a Muslim dynasty ruling in Spain and northern Africa from 1056 to 1147.
Also Al·mo·ra·vide [al-mawr-uh-vahyd, -mohr-, al-muh-rah-vahyd] /ælˈmɔr əˌvaɪd, -ˈmoʊr-, ˌæl məˈrɑ vaɪd/.

Origin of Almoravid

< Spanish < Arabic al-murābit literally, the occupant of a fortified convent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for almoravide

  • The Almoravide rule rested very lightly on the Moslem population, but only for a short time.

    A History of Spain|Charles E. Chapman
  • And Hasham added, "Verily, the efreets bewitched the Almoravide when he exiled such a horseman!"

    God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
  • He died in 1099, and at his death his territory was taken by Yussuf, the Almoravide.

    The Story of Seville|Walter M. Gallichan
  • They aimed to bear me in chains to Cordova, that the Almoravide might gloat over me alive, ere calling the headsman.

    God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis

British Dictionary definitions for almoravide


Almoravid (ælˈmɔːrəvɪd)

/ (ælˈmɔːrəˌvaɪd) /


a member of a fanatical people of Berber origin and Islamic faith, who founded an empire in N Africa that spread over much of Spain in the 11th century a.d

Word Origin for Almoravide

from Arabic al-murābitūn the holy ones
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