Origin of Kabyle

1730–40; < Arabic qabā'il, plural of qabīlah tribe
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  1. plural -byles or -byle a member of a Berber people inhabiting the E Atlas Mountains in Tunisia and Algeria
  2. the dialect of Berber spoken by this people

Word Origin for Kabyle

C19: from Arabic qabā'il, plural of qabīlah tribe
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Word Origin and History for kabyle

Berber of Algeria and Tunisia, 1738, also of their language, from French, from Arabic qaba'il, plural of qabilah "tribe."

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