- a sleeveless, backless, vestlike garment extending to the waist, worn by a cleric beneath the clerical collar, especially in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
Origin of rabat1
- a piece of unglazed and imperfectly fired pottery, used for polishing hard surfaces.
Origin of rabat2
- a seaport in and the capital of Morocco, in the NW part.
- French Maroc. Spanish Marruecos. a kingdom in NW Africa: formed from a sultanate that was divided into two protectorates (French Morocco and Spanish Morocco) and an international zone. 172,104 sq. mi. (445,749 sq. km). Capital: Rabat.Compare Tangier Zone.
- former name of Marrakesh.
- (lowercase) a fine, pebble-grained leather, originally made in Morocco from goatskin tanned with sumac.
- (lowercase) any leather made in imitation of this.
Examples from the Web for rabat
I learned this when I visited the pioneering Muslim feminist scholar Fatima Mernissi in Rabat, Morocco, some years ago.Outcry Over Afghanistan Quran Burnings Shows Misguided ‘Honor’ About Sacred Book
Asra Q. Nomani
February 22, 2012
Oranges of Rabat, superior in quality, and low in price, 114.An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories in the Interior of Africa
Abd Salam Shabeeny
I would go to Rabat, if it were in my power, and there were no undue risk in the undertaking.
If he is so powerful, why did he hide me in a litter until he was far from Rabat?
It happens this time, however, that my ole tub has to call in at Rabat and Mogador.
This, and more, the Bey of Rabat discreetly told to the captain of the warship.
- the capital of Morocco, in the northwest on the Atlantic coast, served by the port of Salé: became a military centre in the 12th century and a Corsair republic in the 17th century. Pop: 673 000 (2003)
- a fine soft leather made from goatskins, used for bookbinding, shoes, etc
- (as modifier)morocco leather
- a kingdom in NW Africa, on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic: conquered by the Arabs in about 683, who introduced Islam; at its height under Berber dynasties (11th–13th centuries); became a French protectorate in 1912 and gained independence in 1956. It is mostly mountainous, with the Atlas Mountains in the centre and the Rif range along the Mediterranean coast, with the Sahara in the south and southeast; an important exporter of phosphates. Official language: Arabic; Berber and French are also widely spoken. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: dirham. Capital: Rabat. Pop: 32 649 130 (2013 est). Area: 458 730 sq km (177 117 sq miles)French name: Maroc
Word Origin and History for rabat
Moroccan capital, from Arabic ar-ribat, from ribat "fortified monastery."
"kind of fine flexible leather," 1630s, short for Morocco leather, from Morocco, the country in northwest Africa, where the tanned leather first was made.
country in northwest Africa, from Italian, from Berber Marrakesh (properly the name of the city of Marrakesh), from Arabic Maghrib-al-Aqca "Extreme West." Cf. French Maroc, German Marokko. In English, the first vowel has been altered, apparently by influence of Moor. Related: Moroccan.