[ moor-ish ]

  1. of or relating to the Moors, a Muslim people of NW Africa.

  2. in the style of the Moors, as architecture or decoration.

Origin of Moorish

First recorded in 1400–50, Moorish is from the late Middle English word morys.See Moor, -ish1

Words Nearby Moorish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Moorish in a sentence

  • Upon a little Moorish table beside a deep, low settee lay a complete opium-smoking outfit.

    Dope | Sax Rohmer
  • She clasped both hands to her breast, and the light shone upon the rubies set in the old Moorish bracelets that she was wearing.

    A Butterfly on the Wheel | Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Christophe followed the young officer to the grand staircase, not without a glance of ecstasy at the semi-Moorish tower.

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
  • The Mediterranean Sea in those days was infested by pirates sailing from the Moorish ports.

  • In a short time nearly two hundred American sailors were working as slaves in the Moorish states.

British Dictionary definitions for Moorish


/ (ˈmʊərɪʃ, ˈmɔː-) /

  1. of or relating to the Moors

  2. denoting the style of architecture used in Spain from the 13th to 16th century, characterized by the horseshoe arch

  • Also: Morisco, Moresco

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