or Nab·a·te·an

[ nab-uh-tee-uh n ]
/ ˌnæb əˈti ən /


a subject of the ancient kingdom of Nabataea.
the Aramaic dialect of the Nabataeans.


of or relating to the Nabataeans, their kingdom, or their dialect.

Origin of Nabataean

1595–1605; < Latin Nabatae(a) name of kingdom + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for nabataean

  • He laughed at the little beggars, and then a Nabataean took them to be sold at Clysma to a merchant from Rome.

    Homo Sum, Complete|Georg Ebers

British Dictionary definitions for nabataean



/ (ˌnæbəˈtiːən) /


a member of an Arab trading people who flourished southeast of Palestine, around Petra, in the Hellenistic and Roman periods
the extinct form of Aramaic spoken by this people
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