[ aht-buh-ruh, at- ]

  1. a river in NE Africa, flowing NW from NW Ethiopia to the Nile in E Sudan. About 500 miles (800 km) long.

  2. a city in NE Sudan.

Words Nearby Atbara Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Atbara in a sentence

  • Kitchener, making another night march up the Atbara river, stormed the Arab camp and took Mahmoud prisoner.

    Lord Kitchener | G. K. Chesterton
  • The rest, pending such offers as they might receive in the future, decided to remain at Atbara.

  • Atbara Fort was to be the base, and here the Egyptian battalions built huts and storehouses.

  • The six black battalions left Berber on July 30th, and arrived at Atbara the next day.

  • The contrast between the newly-arrived brigade, and the hardy veterans who had fought at the Atbara, was striking.

British Dictionary definitions for Atbara


/ (ˈætbərə, ætˈbɑː-) /

  1. a town in NE Sudan. Pop: 110 000 (2005 est)

  2. a river in NE Africa, rising in N Ethiopia and flowing through E Sudan to the Nile at Atbara. Length: over 800 km (500 miles)

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