from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A native of Arabia, or a member of the Arabic race (now widely spread in Asia and Africa, and formerly in southern Europe); an Arabian, whether a civilized inhabitant of a city or a dweller in the desert, commonly known as a Bedawi (see Bedouin) or nomadic Ishmaelite.
  • noun A neglected outcast of the streets, particularly an outcast boy or girl, often styled a street Arab, in allusion to the wandering Arabs.
  • Of or pertaining to the Arabs or to Arabia; Arabic; Arabian: as, an Arab steed.

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

  • noun a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa
  • noun a spirited graceful and intelligent riding horse native to Arabia


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  • In Baltimore, an arab (pronounced AY-rab, with "rab" rhyming with "nab") in a fruit and vegetable vendor who sells his produce from a horse-drawn cart.

    October 31, 2008

  • Psst - vendor, rol.

    October 31, 2008

  • I remember reading an article about the arabs a couple of years ago - something about them being put out of where they keep their horses. I was surprised that, after having lived here for nearly 30 years, it was the first time I was hearing about them. I thought it was astounding that they were still in business. Obviously, I don't get to the city very often.

    October 31, 2008

  • AKA: Arabbers

    October 31, 2008