From French More, Maure, from Latin Maurus (“a Moor, meaning a Mauritanian, an inhabitant of Mauritania”), possibly from Ancient Greek Μαῦρος (Maûros), μαυρός (maurós, “black, dark”), an aphetic form of ἀμαυρός (amaurós, “dark, obscure”).
Moor (plural Moors)
- (historical) A member of an ancient Berber people from Numidia.
- (historical) A member of an Islamic people of Arab or Berber origin ruling Spain and parts of North Africa from the 8th to the 15th centuries.
- (archaic) A Muslim or a person from the Middle East or Africa.
- (dated) A person of mixed Arab and Berber ancestry inhabiting the Mediterranean coastline of northwest Africa.
- A person of an ethnic group speaking the Hassaniya language, mainly inhabiting Western Sahara, Mauritania, and parts of neighbouring countries (Morocco, Mali, Senegal etc.).
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- Moor in Duden online