Arabism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arab +‎ -ism.

Noun[edit]

Arabism (plural Arabisms)

  1. An idiom characteristic of the Arabic language.
    • 2011, David Bellos, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?, Penguin 2012, p. 111:
      The translator, Joseph-Charles Mardrus, knew Arabic and he used some Arabic texts as the basis of his rewriting of the collection of ancient Eastern tales which he titled, in a daring Arabism in French, Les Milles Nuits et Une Nuit [...].
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Stuart to this entry?)