[al-muh-rah-vid, al-mawr-uh-, -mohr-]


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 almoravides

Historical Examples of almoravides

  • After his death his state fell before the advance of the Almoravides.

    A History of Spain

    Charles E. Chapman

  • Afterwards Yusuf, the Berber, founded the dynasty of the Almoravides.

    Old Continental Towns

    Walter M. Gallichan

  • The Almoravides came to his assistance, but precipitately retired.

    Southern Spain

    A.F. Calvert

  • Conquest by the Almohades came as a redemption from the tyranny of the Almoravides.

    The Story of Seville

    Walter M. Gallichan

  • These Unitarians were even more fervent in piety than the Almoravides.

    The Story of Seville

    Walter M. Gallichan

Word Origin and History for almoravides


Muslim Berber horde from the Sahara which founded a dynasty in Morocco (11c.) and conquered much of Spain and Portugal. The name is Spanish, from Arabic al-Murabitun, literally "the monks living in a fortified convent," from ribat "fortified convent."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper