مدينة

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Etymology[edit]

Considering that this word has no derivation from the root د ي ن (d-y-n) which has completely unrelated meanings nor from the root د و ن (d-w-n) which is denominal from the Persian-borrowed دِيوَان (dīwān), whereas the root م د ن (m-d-n) is clearly denominal, and that the original Arabs did not dwell in cities when the Aramaeans long did, Arabic مَدِينَة (madīna) can be assumed to be a borrowing from Aramaic מְדִינְתָּא (məḏīntā) resp. Classical Syriac ܡܕ݂ܝܼܢ݇ܬܵܐ (məḏīttā).[1].

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مَدِينَة (madīnaf (plural مُدُن (mudun) or مَدَائِن (madāʾin) or مُدْن (mudn))

  1. town, city
  2. jurisdiction

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References[edit]

  • Wehr, Hans (1979), “مدن”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, ISBN 0-87950-003-4