or da·ha·bee·yah, da·ha·bi·ah



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
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Examples from the Web for dahabeah

Historical Examples of dahabeah

  • Stop the dahabeah, Azimah, he saidWe will rest here for the night.

  • We chartered our dahabeah and travelled up to the Second Cataract.

    Glories of Spain

    Charles W. Wood

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

  • Now in 1890 he would go to Egypt, where with two old friends he had leased a dahabeah on the Nile.

    Lord Randolph Churchill

    Winston Spencer Churchill

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

British Dictionary definitions for dahabeah


dahabeeyah or dahabiah


a houseboat used on the Nile

Word Origin for dahabeah

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