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of, belonging to, or derived from the language or literature of the .
noting, pertaining to, or in the alphabetical script used for the writing of Arabic probably since about the fourth century a.d., and adopted with modifications by Persian, Urdu, and many other languages. A distinguishing feature of this script is the fact that etymologically short vowels are not normally represented.
a Semitic language that developed out of the language of the of the time of Muhammad, now spoken in countries of the Middle East and North Africa.
Abbreviation: Ar.
the standard literary and classical language as established by the Koran.
Contemporary Examples

You could devote the remainder of your life to the study of Arabic and you’d never truly be able to communicate with these people.
Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq Nathan Bradley Bethea August 30, 2014

They could note I had posted several YouTube videos of the Quran being recited in Arabic, after the devastating loss of my father.
How The Media Chose Its Boston ‘Suspects’ Maysoon Zayid April 21, 2013

Stevens, who spoke Arabic, took up his appointment as Ambassador to Libya in the Spring of this year.
U.S. Envoy To Libya Killed Ali Gharib September 11, 2012

To explain his optimism, he lights up another of his hand-rolled cigarettes and cites an Arabic proverb.
Why I Fled Syria’s Army Babak Dehghanpisheh August 1, 2011

Later they found a Lebanese-American agent who spoke some Arabic.
The Real Story and Lesson of the Abscam Sting in ‘American Hustle’ Jimmy So December 16, 2013

Historical Examples

Parr explained that this stranger was prepared to give lessons in Arabic.
Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman

It was a letter in Arabic in Bosambo’s characteristic and angular handwriting.
Bones Edgar Wallace

Straightway the fellow in the bow opened conversation, trying several tongues, till finally he essayed the Arabic.
The Prince of India, Volume II Lew. Wallace

Substitute Roman figures for the Arabic numerals, and transpose the letters.
Chatterbox, 1906 Various

The three books on Mechanics survive in an Arabic translation which, however, bears a title “On the lifting of heavy objects.”
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4 Various

the language of the Arabs, spoken in a variety of dialects; the official language of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, the Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. It is estimated to be the native language of some 75 million people throughout the world. It belongs to the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages and has its own alphabet, which has been borrowed by certain other languages such as Urdu
denoting or relating to this language, any of the peoples that speak it, or the countries in which it is spoken

early 14c., from Old French Arabique (13c.), from Latin Arabicus “Arabic” (see Arab). Old English used Arabisc “Arabish.” Originally in reference to gum arabic; noun meaning “Arabic language” is from late 14c.

Arabic numerals (actually Indian) first attested 1727; they were introduced in Europe by Gerbert of Aurillac (later Pope Sylvester II) after a visit to Islamic Spain in 967-970. A prominent man of science, he taught in the diocesan school at Reims, but the numbers made little headway against conservative opposition in the Church until after the Crusades. The earliest depiction of them in English, in “The Crafte of Nombrynge” (c.1350) correctly identifies them as “teen figurys of Inde.”


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