- a native peasant or laborer in Egypt, Syria, etc.
Origin of fellah
First recorded in 1735–45, fellah is from the Arabic word fallāḥ peasant
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Examples from the Web for fellah
The Pharaoh, not the fellah, dictated the inscription that was to be engraved.Is civilization a disease?
This fellah's in the Western Union; an operator with the pool-room lines.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
That they will not ask of the Arabs, for no Arab would work like a fellah.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
Then where is this hopped-up layout anyway, fellah, if it ain't on Earth?Zehru of Xollar
Hal K. Wells
Did we know the story—story about a fellah—fellah who had an aunt, you know?Nights in London
- a peasant in Arab countries
C18: from Arabic, dialect variant of fallāh, from falaha to cultivate
Word Origin and History for fellah
"Egyptian peasant," 1743, from Arabic fallah "plowman," from falaha "to till the soil."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper