from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A subject of the kingdom of Nabataea.
  • n. The Aramaic dialect of the Nabataeans.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Nabatæans: as, Nabatæan kings; Nabatæan inscriptions.
  • n. One of the Arab people dwelling in ancient times on the east and southeast of Palestine, often identified with the people mentioned in the Old Testament under the name of Nebaioth (Isa. lx. 7), and in the first book of Maccabees (v. 25) as Nabathites.


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  • Some history: Roughly 2,500 years ago, Nabataean nomads decided to settle down in what's now known as Petra, most likely when they found the place was easy to defend, thanks to a labyrinth of steep canyon walls, and was blessed with lots of water.

    Bob Schulman: Jordan Brims With Holy, Historical Sites

  • Perhaps taking a tip from the old-time Nabataean taxes, Jordan today charges 50 dinars about US$70 for a day in Petra for visitors who spent at least a night in the country.

    Bob Schulman: Jordan Brims With Holy, Historical Sites

  • But in the foreground are ruins left by successive civilizations: Nabataean, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad and Ottoman.

    Of Lost People and Lands of Fragments

  • Since 1993 a team from Brown University, led by Martha Sharp Joukowsky, has carried out a dig at Petra's Great Temple, and it has found some rare and beautiful specimens of Nabataean architecture.

    The Power of Petra

  • The capital of the ancient Nabataean people, Petra was ornately carved into the pink sandstone cliffside 2,000 years ago.

    The Ancient City of Petra

  • I'm no friend of Herod, but give credit where credit is due, he stood up to that Nabataean bitch ... kaf alef

    Evan Eisenberg: Mary Christ (Part 3)

  • Following the wadi would have taken them, unless I am mistaken, through Nabataea, and the Nabataean alphabet presumably contributed something to the script that the Mandaeans came to use.

    Wadi Hawran and Haran Gawaita

  • Perched atop the façade is an eagle, a Nabataean and Greek male deity symbol.

    Treasury at Petra (Al Khazneh)

  • Relief sculptures from Petra's first-century A.D. heyday as a thriving merchant capital include depictions of Medusa, left, a bust of Pisces, middle, and the Nabataean god Dushara carved in the style of Dionysus.

    Museums: Petra's Wealth

  • Born in Iraq of a Nabataean family, flourished about the end of the third century H., i. e., before 912. AN ARAB CHAMPOLLION?


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