One of a group of Spanish Christians who adopted certain aspects of Moorish culture but continued to practice Christianity when Muslim rulers governed southern Spain.
Any of the Spanish Christians who were permitted to practice their religion in a modified form during the period of Moorish rule.
Origin of mozarab
- Spanish Mozárabe from Arabic musta‘rib would-be Arab active participle of ista‘raba to become an Arab, adopt Arabic customs from ‘arab Arab
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition