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Arabian

[uh-rey-bee-uh n]
adjective
  1. of or relating to Arabia or its inhabitants.
  2. Arab.
  3. Arabic.
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noun
  1. an inhabitant of Arabia.
  2. an Arab.
  3. Arabian horse.
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Origin of Arabian

First recorded in 1350–1400; Arabi(a) + -an
Related formspro-A·ra·bi·an, adjective, nountrans-A·ra·bi·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for arabian

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  • Tom said we was right in the midst of the Arabian Nights now.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • So we begun to gaze, and he begun to tell about it out of the Arabian Nights.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • He speaks of “the liaison” with all the rude simplicity and frankness of the Arabian Nights.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Nay, of Andalusian, and consequently of Arabian, origin she must be.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Drop two thousand feet into the middle of the Arabian Desert?


British Dictionary definitions for arabian

Arabian

adjective
  1. of or relating to Arabia or the Arabs
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noun
  1. another word for Arab
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Word Origin and History for arabian

Arabian

c.1300, adjective and noun; see Arab + -ian. As a prized type of horse, it is attested from 1660s. The Arabian bird was the phoenix.

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