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[mar-uh-boot, -boo]
  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.
  2. marabou.
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Origin of marabout

1615–25; < French < Portuguese marabuto < Arabic murābit; see Almoravid, maravedi
Related formsmar·a·bout·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for marabout

Historical Examples

  • A holy man, or marabout, denned on the top and we must pay our respects.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

    Thomas Carson

  • 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.

  • "If Madame will allow me I will salute the marabout," said Batouch.

    The Garden Of Allah

    Robert Hichens

  • This present marabout was his next of kin—or so everybody believes.

    The Golden Silence

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for marabout


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

C17: via French and Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābit
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