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 (fĕl′ə, fə-lä′)
n. pl. fel·la·hin or fel·la·heen (fĕl′ə-hēn′, fə-lä-hēn′)
A peasant or agricultural laborer in an Arab country, such as Syria or Egypt.

[Arabic fallāḥ, from falaḥa, to cultivate, till; see plx̣ in Semitic roots.]


n, pl fellahs, fellahin or fellaheen (ˌfɛləˈhiːn)
a peasant in Arab countries
[C18: from Arabic, dialect variant of fallāh, from falaha to cultivate]


(ˈfɛl ə)

n., pl. fel•lahs, fel•la•hin, fel•la•heen (ˌfɛl əˈhin)
a peasant in Arabic-speaking countries.
[1735–45; < Arabic fallāḥ peasant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fellah - an agricultural laborer in Arab countriesfellah - an agricultural laborer in Arab countries
peasant - one of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers


Fellache m, → Fellachin f
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In imitation of the amirs they set themselves above the people, mistreated their former subordinates, and, like the former multazims, beat or imprisoned their fellaheen for failure to meet the exorbitant taxes they imposed.
The peasants were at first delighted with the multazim's ouster and when some of them came round to collect their dues they were sent off empty-handed and told, "We are the pasha's fellaheen, we no longer work for you.