sabra

[ sah-bruh, -brah ]
/ ˈsɑ brə, -brɑ /
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noun

(sometimes initial capital letter) a person born in Israel.

Nearby words

  1. sabora,
  2. saboraim,
  3. sabot,
  4. sabotage,
  5. saboteur,
  6. sabre,
  7. sabre-rattling,
  8. sabre-toothed tiger,
  9. sabretache,
  10. sabrina

Origin of sabra

1940–45; < colloquial Modern Hebrew sabre literally, prickly pear < Arabic ṣabrah

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British Dictionary definitions for sabra

sabra

/ (ˈsɑːbrə) /

noun

a native-born Israeli Jew

Word Origin for sabra

from Hebrew Sabēr prickly pear, common plant in the coastal areas of the country

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Word Origin and History for sabra

Sabra

n.

"Jew born in Palestine (or, after 1948, Israel)," 1945, from Modern Hebrew sabrah, literally "prickly pear."

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