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1882–1951, emir of Transjordan (1921–46) and first king of Jordan (1946–51). He joined the Arab revolt against Turkish rule in World War I; assassinated 1951
Contemporary Examples

Preliminary results announced Tuesday gave Karzai 41 percent of the votes processed so far, a slight lead over abdullah.
Why the Taliban Won Leslie H. Gelb August 22, 2009

His health is also poor, but he probably stands a good chance at becoming king when abdullah dies.
Meet Prince Salman, the Next Saudi King Bruce Riedel June 15, 2012

UPDATE: This article has been updated to clarify some details about the recordings allegedly made by abdullah and Jackson.
Jackson of Arabia Gerald Posner August 2, 2009

His own savings depleted, and dependent on family and friends for handouts, abdullah feeds his family little more than dry bread.
Yemen’s Dangerous Hunger Crisis Ellen Knickmeyer July 18, 2011

And over the next year, Prince abdullah spent about $7 million bankrolling Jackson’s lifestyle in Manama.
Jackson of Arabia Gerald Posner August 2, 2009

Historical Examples

abdullah was only too happy, and forthwith appeared outside, dressed in the very height of Arab fashion, and as gay as could be.
My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave Henry M. Stanley

“I expect they will be here soon, at least some of them,” said abdullah, the interpreter.
Jack Harkaway’s Boy Tinker Among The Turks Bracebridge Hemyng

She could not stand the poky little lodgings, and she missed her servant abdullah more than words could tell.
Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling

abdullah is the color of night, and no one ever sees him approach or go away.
In Africa John T. McCutcheon

abdullah himself kept his house, and thus doubtfully concealed his vexation and alarm from his subjects.
The River War Winston S. Churchill


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