Marabout meaning

măr'ə-bo͝o', -bo͝ot'
A Muslim hermit or saint, especially in northern Africa.
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The tomb of such a hermit or saint.
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A Muslim hermit or holy man, esp. among the Berbers and Moors.
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The tomb or shrine of such a man.
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A Muslim holy man or mystic, especially in parts of North Africa. [from 17th c.]
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The tomb or shrine of such a person. [from 19th c.]
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Origin of marabout

  • French from Portuguese marabuto from Arabic murābiṭ posted, stationed, marabout participle of rābaṭa to be posted derived stem of rabaṭa to bind, tie rbṭ in Semitic roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French marabout, from Portuguese maraboto, marabuto, from Maghrebi Arabic مرابط (mrābeá¹­) (standard Arabic مرابط (murābiá¹­, “soldier stationed in fortified outpost")).
    From Wiktionary