Arabic

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 /ˈærəbɪk/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
Ar•a•bic /ˈærəbɪk/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Language Varietiesa language spoken in countries of the Arabian Peninsula, or in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.Abbr.:Ar

adj. 
  • Language Varietiesof or relating to Arabic.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    Ar•a•bic  (arə bik), 
    adj. 
    1. Language Varietiesof, belonging to, or derived from the language or literature of the Arabs.
    2. Linguisticsnoting, pertaining to, or in the alphabetical script used for the writing of Arabic probably since about the fourth century a.d., and adopted with modifications by Persian, Urdu, and many other languages. A distinguishing feature of this script is the fact that etymologically short vowels are not normally represented.
    3. Language VarietiesArab.
    4. Language VarietiesArabian.

    n. 
  • Language Varietiesa Semitic language that developed out of the language of the Arabians of the time of Muhammad, now spoken in countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Abbr.: Ar
  • Language Varietiesthe standard literary and classical language as established by the Koran.
  • Etymology:
    • Latin Arabicus Arabian, equivalent. to Arab(ia) + -icus -ic
    • Middle English arabik 1350–1400


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    Arabic /ˈærəbɪk/ n
    1. the language of the Arabs, spoken in a variety of dialects; the official language of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, the Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. It is estimated to be the native language of some 75 million people throughout the world. It belongs to the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages and has its own alphabet, which has been borrowed by certain other languages such as Urdu
    adj
    1. denoting or relating to this language, any of the peoples that speak it, or the countries in which it is spoken



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