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[oo-mahy-ad] /uˈmaɪ æd/
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Examples from the web for umayyads
  • The abbasids were merciless with all umayyads that they found.
  • Great expansion of the caliphate occurred under the reign of the umayyads.
  • It appears as if the umayyads were not aware of the true strength of the franks.
British Dictionary definitions for umayyads


a variant spelling of Omayyad
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Word Origin and History for umayyads


"member of a Muslim dynasty which ruled the Caliphate 661-750 C.E. and in 756 C.E. founded an emirate in Spain," 1758, from Arabic, from Umayya, proper name of an ancestor of Muhammad from whom the dynasty claimed descent.

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