arab vs arabic vs arabian : Common Errors in English

About arab vs arabic vs arabian

Arabs are a people whose place of ethnic origin is the Arabian Peninsula. The language which they speak, and which has spread widely to other areas, is Arabic. “Arabic” is not generally used as an adjective except when referring to the language or in a few traditional phrases such as “gum arabic” and “arabic numerals.” Note that in these few phrases the word is not capitalized. Otherwise it is “Arab customs,” “Arab groups,” “Arab countries,” etc.A group of Arab individuals is made of Arabs, not “Arabics” or “Arabians.” The noun “Arabian” by itself normally refers to Arabian horses. The other main use of the word is in referring to the collection of stories known as The Arabian Nights.However, the phrase “Saudi Arabian” may be used in referring to citizens of the country of Saudi Arabia, and to aspects of the culture of that country. But it is important to remember that there are many Arabs in other lands, and that this phrase does not refer properly to them. Citizens of Saudi Arabia are often referred to instead as “Saudis,” although strictly speaking this term refers to members of the Saudi royal family and is usually journalistic shorthand for “Saudi Arabian government.”It is also important not to treat the term “Arab” as interchangeable with “Muslim.” There are many Arabs who are not Muslims, and the majority of Muslims are not Arab. “Arab” refers to an ethnic identity, “Muslim” to a religious identity.The standard pronunciation of “Arab” in English is “AIR-rub.” Unless you are referring to the character in West Side Story called “A-rab” (with the second syllable rhyming with “cab”), you’ll sound better educated if you stick with the standard version.

arab Meaning(s)

  • (n) a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa
  • (n) a spirited graceful and intelligent riding horse native to Arabia

arabic Meaning(s)

  • (n) the Semitic language of the Arabs; spoken in a variety of dialects
  • (a) relating to or characteristic of Arabs

arabian Meaning(s)

  • (n) a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa
  • (n) a spirited graceful and intelligent riding horse native to Arabia
  • (a) relating to or associated with Arabia or its people
  • (a) of or relating to Arabian horses

arab in News

  1. Time Is Right for Arab Astronomy Renaissance, Scientist Says

    It's time for the Arab Muslim world to reclaim its lost tradition of astronomical learning, one prominent researcher says.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: SPACE.com via Yahoo! News

  2. Arab officer stops Heisman winner's SUV

    An Arab police officer got a bit of a surprise Saturday when he pulled over a black Cadillac Escalade for a minor traffic violation on U.S. 231. He never imagined he was pulling over a Heisman Trophy winner.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Arab Tribune

  3. United Arab Emirates—2013 Article IV Consultation Concluding Statement of the IMF Mission

    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission visited the United Arab Emirates from April 30 to May 15, 2013, to hold discussions for the 2013 Article IV consultation.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: IMF

arabic in News

  1. Mali manual suggests al-Qaida has feared weapon

    The 26-page document in Arabic, recovered by The Associated Press in a building that had been occupied by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in Timbuktu, strongly suggests the group now possesses the SA-7 surface-to-air missile, known to the Pentagon as the Grail, according to terrorism specialists.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Stars and Stripes

  2. Egypt's opposition rejects call for unity talks

    Egyptian protesters burn a poster with the photo of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi with Arabic that reads, " Rebel, Muslim Brotherhood will fall on June 30 at the Itihadiya Palace," in front of the Culture Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Fears that protests on June 30 will result in bloodshed were heightened when opposition protesters nabbed at least six pro-Morsi supporters ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Washington Examiner

  3. New videos outline the history of oil development in the country

    Two new videos, one in English and one in Arabic, describe the history of oil development in Iraq. The videos were produced by Internews' Covering Energy project in Iraq, which was designed to raise energy literacy across the Iraqi media, create and embed a core of specialist energy reporters, and help the media and civil society fulfill their vital role in assisting positive moves by the ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Internews

arabian in News

  1. Saudi Aramco to Use Soitec’s Solar Systems in Pilot Project

    Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world’s largest crude exporter, will evaluate Soitec (SOI) ’s solar energy systems for possible utility-scale deployments. Saudi Aramco chose the company’s equipment in a competitive bidding process for a 1-megawatt pilot project that Belectric Holding GmbH will build in Saudi Arabia’s northwestern Tabuk region, Bernin, France-based Soitec said today in a statement.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  2. Veolia Wins Desalination Plant Contract in Saudi Arabia

    Veolia Environnement was awarded a contract for a reverse-osmosis desalination plant on the Arabian Gulf by Marafiq, the Saudi power and water utility for Jubail and Yanbu, al-Riyadh newspaper said without disclosing terms.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  3. Learning a new perspective — International student panelists share their cultures, challenges with UI

    When Sultan Alsagabi, a Saudi Arabian international student, came to the University of Idaho to pursue post-secondary education, he thought it was strange that his teacher called on him more often than other students in ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Argonaut

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