Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

  • noun a native or inhabitant of Mauritania
  • adjective of or related to the island or country of Mauritius or its inhabitants

Etymologies

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Mauritania +‎ -an

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Ivory Coast: Aid Agencies Struggle to Help Displaced

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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