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Classical Syriac[edit]


From ܡܕܒܪܢܐ (m(ə)ḏabb(ə)rānā(ʾ), leader), from the root ܕ-ܒ-ܪ (d-b-r) related to leading + the abstract noun ending -ܘܬܐ (-ūṯāʾ).


  • IPA(key): [m(ə)ðabb(ə)rɑnuθɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [m(ə)ðabb(ə)rɑnwɑθɑ(ʔ)] (plural)


ܡܕܒܪܢܘܬܐ (transliteration neededf (plural ܡܕܒܪܢܘܬܐ)

  1. direction, steering
  2. guidance, leadership
  3. stewardship, management
  4. administration, government, authority, rule, power
  5. province, prefecture
  6. instruction, principles
  7. way of life
  8. plan, course, action
  9. fate, destiny
  10. (theology) divine economy
  11. foresight, prudence, providence
  12. (used with possessive suffixes as a title) Excellency, Excellence



  • mdbrnw”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–
  • Costaz, Louis (2002) Dictionnaire syriaque-français : Syriac–English Dictionary, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar El-Machreq, p. 58b
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 252a
  • Sokoloff, Michael (2009) A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, Winona Lake, Indiana; Piscataway, New Jersey: Eisenbrauns; Gorgias Press, p. 712b