a member of a Semitic people inhabiting Arabia and other countries of the Middle East.
a member of any Arabic-speaking people.
Also called Arabber [ey-rab-er] /ˈeɪˌræb ər/ (Show IPA). Sometimes Offensive. a street peddler.
Archaic: Sometimes Offensive. .
of or relating to Arabs.
Contemporary Examples

For the Chinese government, it’s another way to hassle the Arab and African communities that live and work in Guangzhou.
Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East’s Favorite Drug Brendon Hong October 19, 2014

They can see what happens to Arab dictators and their sons when they quit—exile, imprisonment, or death.
Yemen on the Brink Bruce Riedel September 23, 2011

Both Iran and Hizbullah will lose their most important ally in the Arab world.
Hizbullah’s Triumph and Agony Bruce Riedel July 22, 2011

But right now the Arab world is filled with demonstrations, shootings, and the replacement of one dictatorship for another.
Israel Is Under Attack Gilad Sharon October 9, 2011

I spat on an Arab boy in Hebron while a teenage Israeli soldier watched and did nothing.
My Former Life As a Kahanist Posterboy Zack Parker June 16, 2013

Historical Examples

The prince put in the stew some poison and turned it to the Arab.
Moorish Literature Anonymous

The young Arab spoke to the boards as though they were partners in his iniquity.
Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser

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

“He’s the best looking Arab we’ve seen yet,” remarked Mrs. East.
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson

It is sufficient to state that the British political dependency of Aden is, ethnologically, an Arab town.
The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies Robert Gordon Latham

a member of a Semitic people originally inhabiting Arabia, who spread throughout the Middle East, N Africa, and Spain during the seventh and eighth centuries ad
a lively intelligent breed of horse, mainly used for riding
(modifier) of or relating to the Arabs: the Arab nations

late 14c. (Arabes, a plural form), from Old French Arabi, from Latin Arabs (accusative Arabem), from Greek Araps (genitive Arabos), from Arabic ‘arab, indigenous name of the people, perhaps literally “inhabitant of the desert” and related to Hebrew arabha “desert.” Meaning “homeless little wanderer, child of the street” is from 1848 (originally Arab of the city), in reference to nomadic ways. Arab League formed in Cairo, March 22, 1945.

ambush, a city in the mountains of Judah (Josh. 15:52), now Er-Rabiyeh.

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