- a member of a branch of the Berber people dwelling in NE Algeria.
- the Berber language spoken by the Kabyles.
Origin of Kabyle
1730–40; < Arabic qabā'il, plural of qabīlah tribe
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Examples from the Web for kabyle
They form a Kabyle (band or community) under a Schech of their own.
The Kabyle is primarily a tiller of the soil and a herder of goats and sheep.
The Kabyle is a savage if you like, but his virtues are many.
The Kabyle jewelry is something to be coveted by every woman.
The Kabyle dogs have all shades of pitch and gamut in their voices.
- plural -byles or -byle a member of a Berber people inhabiting the E Atlas Mountains in Tunisia and Algeria
- the dialect of Berber spoken by this people
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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