[sou-dee, saw-, sah-oo-]

noun, plural Sau·dis.

a native or inhabitant of Saudi Arabia.


of, relating to, or characteristic of Saudis or Saudi Arabia.

Origin of Saudi

1930–35; < Arabic Saʿūdī, equivalent to Saʿūd personal name of the founder of the present dynasty + suffix of appurtenance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for saudi


Saudi Arabian


of or relating to Saudi Arabia or its inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of Saudi Arabia
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Word Origin and History for saudi



1933, from Sa'ud, family name of the rulers of Nejd from 18c. and of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1932. The name is from Arabic sa'd "good fortune, happiness."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper