Definitions

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  • noun a loose cloak with a hood; worn in the Middle East and northern Africa.

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  • noun A loose fitting, ankle length, hooded robe worn by men in North Africa.

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  • noun a loose cloak with a hood; worn in the Middle East and northern Africa

Etymologies

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From Moroccan Arabic جلّابة (jellāba). Compare galabiya.

Examples

  • A jellaba is a long, flowing garment worn by farmers in the Middle East.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • However, thanks to monetary policy as loose and ill-fitting as an XXL jellaba, most of us were standing passively by while, in the international financial hub of New York City, the banks tossed vast sums of cheap, borrowed money into the ever greedier hands of millions who could never even qualify for an ordinary mortgage.

    Jackson Hole, Wyo.

  • However, thanks to monetary policy as loose and ill-fitting as an XXL jellaba, most of us were standing passively by while, in the international financial hub of New York City, the banks tossed vast sums of cheap, borrowed money into the ever greedier hands of millions who could never even qualify for an ordinary mortgage.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • In the scrum on the quayside, the Turkish fez mingled with the spiked Prussian helmet, the frock coat with the jellaba, the veil with the parasol.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • In the scrum on the quayside, the Turkish fez mingled with the spiked Prussian helmet, the frock coat with the jellaba, the veil with the parasol.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • In the scrum on the quayside, the Turkish fez mingled with the spiked Prussian helmet, the frock coat with the jellaba, the veil with the parasol.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • Of course, children can't fit in the hood of the jellaba, but the hood is big enough that it symbolizes protection against the rain.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • The wait staff usually wears traditional jellaba (jeh-lah-bah), which are long, flowing garments that are pleasing to the eye, and the food is very exotic, spicy, and delicious.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • “Oh, I dunno,” says our informant, another sprightly juvenile, modishly clad in jellaba, brass-buttoned jacket, and pirate head-scarf.

    Flashman on the March

  • The coins disappeared into the folds of his jellaba.

    The Eternal Mercenary

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