ariel

or ar·iel gazelle

[ air-ee-uh l ]
/ ˈɛər i əl /

noun

a mountain gazelle of Arabia, Gazella gazella arabica: almost extinct.

Origin of ariel

First recorded in 1825–35, ariel is from the dialectal Arabic word aryal

Definition for ariel (2 of 2)

Ariel

[ air-ee-uh l ]
/ ˈɛər i əl /

noun

(in Shakespeare's Tempest) a spirit of the air who is required to use his magic to help Prospero.
Astronomy. one of the moons of the planet Uranus.
Aerospace. one of a series of British satellites that studied the ionosphere, cosmic rays, and x-rays.
Also Ar·i·elle [ar-ee-el, air-] /ˌær iˈɛl, ˌɛər-/. a female given name.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for ariel (1 of 2)

ariel

/ (ˈɛərɪəl) /

noun

an Arabian gazelle, Gazella arabica (or dama)

Word Origin for ariel

C19: from Arabic aryal

British Dictionary definitions for ariel (2 of 2)

Ariel

/ (ˈɛərɪəl) /

noun

the smallest of the four large satellites of Uranus
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