Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person from Mauritania or of Mauritanian descent.
  • adj. Of, from, or pertaining to Mauritania, the Mauritanian people or the Mauritanian language.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Mauritania, an ancient kingdom of northwestern Africa, afterward a Roman province, corresponding to parts of modern Morocco and Algeria.
  • n. One of the race inhabiting ancient Mauritania, called by the Romans Mauri, ancestors of the modern Berbers, or true Moors. See Moor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a native or inhabitant of Mauritania
  • adj. of or related to the island or country of Mauritius or its inhabitants

Etymologies

Mauritania +‎ -an (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Younis al-Mauritani, also known as The Mauritanian, was among three suspected al-Qaida operatives captured in the city of Quetta, which is the capital of southwest Baluchistan and has long been a transit point for militants crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    NPR Topics: News

  • The management council, a group of advisers to al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan, includes planner and explosives expert Saif al Adel, who is from Egypt; spokesman Sulayman Abu Ghayth, of Kuwait; Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, of Egypt, who was a member of bin Laden's inner shura council; planner Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, of Egypt; and spiritual leader Abu Hafs al-Mauritani, a Mauritanian.

    U.S. Fears Iran's Links to al Qaeda

  • The Mauritanian government has asked the IOM for help in evacuating some of its citizens.

    Ivory Coast: Aid Agencies Struggle to Help Displaced

  • Standing ankle-deep in the brown waters of a paddy field in Niono, south of the Mauritanian border, rice producer Soumaila Kindo declares that private enterprise is the answer.

    Mali's farmer organisations

  • The panel, which includes the presidents of Mauritania, South Africa, Tanzania, Burkina Faso and Chad, is to meet Friday in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott.

    African Union Declines Action Against Libya

  • Abu Zeid vowed to seek revenge in July after Sarkozy ordered French commandos to participate along with Mauritanian special forces in an attack on one of his Malian camps, in a failed attempt to liberate another French hostage, 78-year-old Michel Germaneau.

    France on high alert as officials warn of possible terrorist attacks

  • In July a joint French and Mauritanian operation tried to rescue a 78-year-old French aid worker who had been kidnapped by AQIM.

    France: No Military Rescue for Hostages in Niger

  • Mauritanian political analyst Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Abu al-Maaly says French intervention in the hostage crisis would give al-Qaida a huge propaganda win.

    Niger Uneasy About French Troops Tracking Abductions

  • The suspects were in contact with Atiyah and Younus the Mauritanian, a chief in Pakistan who has been leading operations against foreign targets, officials say.

    New Details In The Bin Laden Docs: Portrait Of A Fugitive Micro-Manager

  • Amar says the new Chinese fleet is unfair competition that threatens Mauritanian fishermen because it reduces the number of fish available and dominates the Mauritanian fishing industry, even to the detriment of other foreign investors, including Chinese companies, some of which have been operating in Mauritania for three decades.

    Greenpeace Opposes China-Mauritania Fishing Deal

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