- a Christian in Spain who, during the Muslim domination, was permitted to practice his or her own religion.
Origin of Mozarab
1780–90; < Spanish mozárabe < Arabic mustaʿrib one assimilated to the Arabs
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- (formerly) a Christian of Moorish Spain
Word Origin for Mozarab
C18: via Spanish from Arabic musta`rib a would-be Arab
Word Origin and History for mozarab
"assimilated Christian in Moorish Spain," one who was allowed to continue practicing his religion in exchange for political allegiance, from Spanish Mozarabe "would-be Arab," from Arabic mostarib, from a desiderative verbal form of Arab.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper