Arabic

[ ar-uh-bik ]
/ ˈær ə bɪk /

adjective

of, belonging to, or derived from the language or literature of the Arabs.
noting, pertaining to, or in the alphabetical script used for the writing of Arabic probably since about the fourth century a.d., and adopted with modifications by Persian, Urdu, and many other languages. A distinguishing feature of this script is the fact that etymologically short vowels are not normally represented.

noun

a Semitic language that developed out of the language of the Arabians of the time of Muhammad, now spoken in countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Abbreviation: Ar
the standard literary and classical language as established by the Koran.

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Origin of Arabic

1350–1400; Middle English arabik < Latin Arabicus Arabian, equivalent to Arab(ia) + -icus -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM Arabic

non-Ar·a·bic, adjectivepro-Ar·a·bic, adjective
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Arabic
/ (ˈærəbɪk) /

noun

the language of the Arabs, spoken in a variety of dialects; the official language of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, the Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. It is estimated to be the native language of some 75 million people throughout the world. It belongs to the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages and has its own alphabet, which has been borrowed by certain other languages such as Urdu

adjective

denoting or relating to this language, any of the peoples that speak it, or the countries in which it is spoken
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