- 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM maraboutmar·a·bout·ism, noun
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Up to the now open door of the marabout's tomb rushes a figure that has leaped from a horse.Miss Caprice|St. George Rathborne
There is a peculiar kind of silk called marabout, containing generally three threads, made from the white Novi raw silk.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
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.