Arabic Definition

A Semitic language originating in the Arabian Peninsula that since the 7th century ad has come to be the principal language of a wide area of the Middle East and North Africa. Modern spoken Arabic consists of many different, often mutually unintelligible dialects, and a modified form of classical Arabic is used as the language of education and administration across the area.
American Heritage
The Semitic language of the Arabs, spoken in Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Iraq, N Africa, etc. in various dialects.
Webster's New World
  • Arabic language
Of or relating to Arabia, the Arabs, their language, or their culture.
American Heritage
Of Arabia.
Webster's New World
Of the Arabs or their language or culture.
Webster's New World
Designating an acid, C5H10O6, found in gum arabic.
Webster's New World
Related to the Arabic language.

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.


The Aramaic-derived alphabet used to write the Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Urdu, and Uyghur languages, among others.


Origin of Arabic

  • From Latin arabicus.

    From Wiktionary

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