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[wuh-hah-bee, wah-]
noun, plural Wah·ha·bis. Islam.
  1. a follower of ʿAbd al-Wahhab (1703–1792), who stringently opposed all practices not sanctioned by the Koran. The Wahhabis, founded in the 18th century, are the most conservative Muslim group and are today found mainly in Saudi Arabia.
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Also Wa·ha·bi, Wah·ha·bee, Wah·ha·bite, Wa·ha·bite [wuh-hah-bahyt, wah-] /wəˈhɑ baɪt, wɑ-/.

Origin of Wahhabi

1800–10; < Arabic, equivalent to ʿAbd al-Wahhab + suffix of appurtenance
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  • The new Wahabi state was a close counterpart of the Meccan caliphate.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard

  • Why should he answer to a Mahratta laonee if he be Wahabi—or Sikh?'

    Soldiers Three

    Rudyard Kipling

  • He was first ordered to quell the Wahabi insurrection in Arabia, and his campaign there is alluded to in chap.


    A. W. Kinglake

  • Coffee-shops take the place of spirit and wine shops, which in the strict Wahabi country would not be, for a moment, tolerated.

    Southern Arabia

    Theodore Bent

  • Most of them, if not actually belonging to that strict sect of Arabians known as Wahabi, have strong puritanical proclivities.

    Southern Arabia

    Theodore Bent

British Dictionary definitions for wahabi



noun plural -bis
  1. a member of a strictly conservative Muslim sect founded in the 18th century with the aim of eliminating all innovations later than the 3rd century of Islam
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Derived FormsWahhabism or Wahabism, noun
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Word Origin and History for wahabi



1807, follower of Islamic fundamentalist Abd-el-Wahhab (1691-1787), from his name, with Arabic genitive suffix -i.

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