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[rab-ee, ruh-bat] /ˈræb i, rəˈbæt/
noun, Ecclesiastical
a sleeveless, backless, vestlike garment extending to the waist, worn by a cleric beneath the clerical collar, especially in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
Also called rabbi.
Origin of rabat1
1860-65; < Middle French; see rebate1


[rab-uh t] /ˈræb ət/
a piece of unglazed and imperfectly fired pottery, used for polishing hard surfaces.
< French, Middle French. See rebate1


[rah-baht, ruh-] /rɑˈbɑt, rə-/
a seaport in and the capital of Morocco, in the NW part.


[muh-rok-oh] /məˈrɒk oʊ/
French Maroc. Spanish Marruecos. a kingdom in NW Africa: formed from a sultanate that was divided into two protectorates (French Morocco and Spanish Morocco) and an international zone. 172,104 sq. mi. (445,749 sq. km).
Capital: Rabat.
Compare Tangier Zone.
former name of Marrakesh.
(lowercase) a fine, pebble-grained leather, originally made in Morocco from goatskin tanned with sumac.
(lowercase) any leather made in imitation of this.
Also called morocco leather (for defs 3, 4).
Related forms
[muh-rok-uh n] /məˈrɒk ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
pro-Moroccan, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rabat
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  • When the Valiant paid her second visit to rabat, the Bey was inclined to be communicative.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • Her sole knowledge of rabat was gleaned from Domenico Garcias message.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • In the cabin a German lady and her daughters are enduring agonies of sea-sickness, on the way to join her husband at rabat.

    Mogreb-el-Acksa R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • I come to rabat to buy great lot of carpets for Schlagintwert.

    King of the Air Herbert Strang
  • We can land you at rabat in a day or two; youll be safer in a port.

    King of the Air Herbert Strang
  • Six out of fifty–four men reached the town of rabat in the train of a Moorish merchant.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • I glanced at him again, thinking perhaps I had mistaken his vocation; but there was no mistaking his rabat.

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • He was not a rich man, and the journey to rabat and back would probably be very expensive.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • I would go to rabat, if it were in my power, and there were no undue risk in the undertaking.

    The Message Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for rabat


the capital of Morocco, in the northwest on the Atlantic coast, served by the port of Salé: became a military centre in the 12th century and a Corsair republic in the 17th century. Pop: 673 000 (2003)


  1. a fine soft leather made from goatskins, used for bookbinding, shoes, etc
  2. (as modifier): morocco leather
Word Origin
C17: after Morocco, where it was originally made


a kingdom in NW Africa, on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic: conquered by the Arabs in about 683, who introduced Islam; at its height under Berber dynasties (11th–13th centuries); became a French protectorate in 1912 and gained independence in 1956. It is mostly mountainous, with the Atlas Mountains in the centre and the Rif range along the Mediterranean coast, with the Sahara in the south and southeast; an important exporter of phosphates. Official language: Arabic; Berber and French are also widely spoken. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: dirham. Capital: Rabat. Pop: 32 649 130 (2013 est). Area: 458 730 sq km (177 117 sq miles) French name Maroc
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Word Origin and History for rabat


Moroccan capital, from Arabic ar-ribat, from ribat "fortified monastery."



"kind of fine flexible leather," 1630s, short for Morocco leather, from Morocco, the country in northwest Africa, where the tanned leather first was made.


country in northwest Africa, from Italian, from Berber Marrakesh (properly the name of the city of Marrakesh), from Arabic Maghrib-al-Aqca "Extreme West." Cf. French Maroc, German Marokko. In English, the first vowel has been altered, apparently by influence of Moor. Related: Moroccan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rabat in Culture

Morocco definition

Kingdom in northwestern Africa with coasts on the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea; it is bordered by Algeria to the east and the western Sahara to the south. Its largest city is Casablanca, and its capital is Rabat.

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