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marabout

[ mar-uh-boot, -boo ]

noun

  1. Islam.
    1. a hermit or holy man, especially in N Africa, often wielding political power and credited with supernatural powers.
    2. the tomb or shrine of such a man.


marabout

/ ˈmærəˌbuː /

noun

  1. a Muslim holy man or hermit of North Africa
  2. a shrine of the grave of a marabout


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Other Words From

  • mara·boutism noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of marabout1

1615–25; < French < Portuguese marabuto < Arabic murābit; Almoravid, maravedi

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Word History and Origins

Origin of marabout1

C17: via French and Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābit

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Example Sentences

Up to the now open door of the marabout's tomb rushes a figure that has leaped from a horse.

There is a peculiar kind of silk called marabout, containing generally three threads, made from the white Novi raw silk.

A marabout is generally in charge of these koubas, as he is with the proper tombs of other holy men.

The mosque-marabout is often a monument which marks a holy place, the tomb, for instance, of a celebrated marabout or holy man.

It is dedicated to Sidi-Ahmed-ben-Youssef, a venerated marabout who lived all his life hereabouts.

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