See also: arabic

Arabic - English

Alternative forms


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA: /ˈæɹəbɪk/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈæɹəbɪk/, /ˈɛɹəbɪk/


Arabic (not comparable)

  1. Related to the Arabic language.
  2. Of, from, or pertaining to Arab countries or cultural behaviour (see also Arab as an adjective).

Usage notes

  • The adjective Arabic is commonly used in reference to language, and in traditional phrases such as Arabic numeral or gum arabic. Its use is controversial and often deprecated in reference to people or countries, where the adjective Arab is preferred.


Proper noun


  1. A major Semitic language originating from the Arabian peninsula, and now spoken natively (in various spoken dialects, all sharing a single highly conservative standardized literary form) throughout large sections of the Middle East and North Africa.
  2. The Aramaic-derived alphabet used to write the Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Urdu, and Uyghur languages, among others.

Derived terms

(language): Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic



Arabic (plural Arabics)

  1. A variety of the Arabic language.
  2. (proscribed) An Arab


Meaning and Definition of Arabic
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