Bab el Mandeb

[ bahb el mahn-deb ]
/ ˌbɑb ɛl ˈmɑn dɛb /


a strait between NE Africa and the SW tip of the Arabian peninsula, connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. 20 miles (32 km) wide. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for bab el mandeb

  • (a) It is “a phonetic corruption, perhaps a softening of the original word”; as Bab-el-mandel is a corruption of Bab-el-mandeb.

  • The affair with the Bab-el-Mandeb squadron lasted only about two hours and a-half.

    Freeland|Theodor Hertzka
  • It lies in the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, and has proved the destruction of more than one fine vessel.

  • Gate of Tears, the strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, so called from the shipwrecks frequent in it.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood

British Dictionary definitions for bab el mandeb

Bab el Mandeb
/ (ˈbæb ɛl ˈmændɛb) /


a strait between SW Arabia and E Africa, connecting the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden
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