- a hermit or holy man, especially in N Africa, often wielding political power and credited with supernatural powers.
- the tomb or shrine of such a man.
Origin of marabout
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Examples from the Web for marabout
A holy man, or marabout, denned on the top and we must pay our respects.Ranching, Sport and Travel
The Marabout demanded without ceremony where were the prisoners.A Modern Telemachus
Charlotte M. Yonge
I was at this moment the whole length of the room from the Marabout.Memoirs of Robert-Houdin, ambassador, author and conjurer
Jean Henri Robert-Houdin
"If Madame will allow me I will salute the marabout," said Batouch.The Garden Of Allah
This present marabout was his next of kin—or so everybody believes.The Golden Silence
C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
- a Muslim holy man or hermit of North Africa
- a shrine of the grave of a marabout
C17: via French and Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābit