or da·ha·bee·yah, da·ha·bi·ah

[ dah-huh-bee-uh ]

  1. a large boat used on the Nile as a houseboat or for conveying passengers.

Origin of dahabeah

First recorded in 1840–50, dahabeah is from the Egyptian Arabic word dahabīyah

Words Nearby dahabeah

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How to use dahabeah in a sentence

  • Old Nile has many attractions; and lazy luxury on a dahabeah will soothe your overwrought nerves.

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  • When they got to the dahabeah everybody was bustling about, putting the boat in order for the voyage.

  • "But they don't have any rigging to climb, on a dahabeah, they only have to shift a rope once and again," said Mr. Winthrop.

  • So he hailed it and as it slowed down he ordered several of his crew to launch the small boat which the dahabeah carried.

  • After leaving Abdal's family, and just as our party were going on board the dahabeah, Nabul picked up an odd greenish pebble.

British Dictionary definitions for dahabeah


dahabeeyah or dahabiah

/ (ˌdɑːhəˈbiːə) /

  1. a houseboat used on the Nile

Origin of dahabeah

from Arabic dhahabīyah, literally: the golden one (that is, gilded barge)

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