noun Literary.

Origin of Araby

1125–75; Middle English Arabye < Old French Arabie < Latin Arabia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for araby

Historical Examples of araby

  • He wore the light flexile mail of the ancient heroes of Araby or Fez.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The air is filled with odours sweet as the perfumes of Araby or Ind.

  • I mounted it, and vaguely expected the odors of Araby a gain.

    The Innocents Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Milton says, 'Sabean odors from the spicy shores of Araby the blest.'

    Asiatic Breezes

    Oliver Optic

  • It had about it odors of the East; savors of Araby the blest.

    The Believing Years

    Edmund Lester Pearson

British Dictionary definitions for araby



an archaic or poetic name for Arabia
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