[ him-yuh-rahyt ]
/ ˈhɪm yəˌraɪt /


one of an ancient people of southern Arabia speaking a Semitic language.
a descendant of these people.


Origin of Himyarite

1835–45; < Arabic ḥimyar (name of a tribe and an old dynasty of Yemen) + -ite1
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  • Who knew what ancient idols, what Himyarite inscriptions, what trinkets of gold, might not be found there?

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British Dictionary definitions for himyarite

/ (ˈhɪmjəˌraɪt) /


a member of an ancient people of SW Arabia, sometimes regarded as including the Sabeans


of or relating to this people or their culture

Word Origin for Himyarite

C19: named after Himyar legendary king in ancient Yemen
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