أمة

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the root ء م م(ʾ-m-m); compare أُمّ(ʾumm, mother). Compare Hebrew אומה \ אֻמָּה(ʾummā).

Noun[edit]

أُمَّة (ʾummaf (plural أُمَم(ʾumam))

  1. nation, people, community
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *ʾamt-.

Noun[edit]

أَمَة (ʾamaf (plural إِمَاء(ʾimāʾ) or آمٍ(ʾāmin) or إِمْوَان(ʾimwān) or أُمْوَان(ʾumwān) or أَمْوَان(ʾamwān) or أَمَات(ʾamāt), masculine عَبْد(ʿabd))

  1. female slave, handmaid, maidservant
Usage notes[edit]

Only إِمَاء(ʾimāʾ) is known as a plural today, the other forms are obsolete and mostly poetical.

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