Mozarab(redirected from Mozarabian)
One of a group of Spanish Christians who adopted certain aspects of Moorish culture but continued to practice Christianity when Muslim rulers governed southern Spain.
[Spanish Mozárabe, from Arabic musta'rib, would-be Arab, active participle of ista'raba, to become an Arab, adopt Arabic customs, from 'arab, Arab.]
1. (Peoples) (formerly) a Christian of Moorish Spain
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a Christian of Moorish Spain
[C18: via Spanish from Arabic musta'rib a would-be Arab]
a Christian in Moorish Spain.
[1780–90; < Sp mozárabe < Arabic musta‘rib one assimilated to the Arabs]