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

  • n. Variant of djellaba.


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  • A smiling man wearing a beige galabia and a simple turban greeted them.

    Shadow Chase

  • Standing tall in a loose, flowing galabia and white head wrap, Ibrahim looks somehow wizardly, maybe capable of vaporizing slackers with a cast from the long, intimidating stick-wand he keeps clutched behind his back.

    Human Sacrifice in Ancient Egypt?

  • "Actually, no, this doesn't happen all the time," he said, lowering himself to a more comfortable position on the floor, gathering his galabia in close around his folded legs.

    From This Beloved Hour

  • He was wearing a black galabia that might have seemed far too warm for the high temperatures, but Jenny knew the garment was more effective in preserving body moisture than a lighter fabric, which would have allowed the moisture to evaporate.

    From This Beloved Hour

  • His forearms and hands - all that appeared from the long sleeves of his galabia - were thin, his fingernails long and cracked.

    From This Beloved Hour

  • Turning, she saw an Arab in a tan galabia heading toward her.

    From This Beloved Hour

  • Jovial, pot-bellied Faris joked with international journalists throughout, chain-smoking so hard that ash was permanently falling down his once-pristine galabia.

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  • "Naima had already changed out of her house galabia and into the hard fabric of her black dress, a veil wrapped tightly around her head, revealing the delicate shape of her skull."

    "Naima" by Hisham Matar, in The New Yorker, January 24, 2011, p 64

    February 1, 2011

  • A garment worn mainly in muslim countries.

    August 13, 2009