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1. A specialist in the Arabic language or culture.
2. One who is favorably disposed toward Arab concerns and policies.


a student or expert in Arabic culture, language, history, etc


(ˈær ə bɪst)

1. a specialist in or student of the Arabic language or Arab culture.
2. a supporter of Arab interests.
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Noun1.Arabist - a scholar who specializes in Arab languages and cultureArabist - a scholar who specializes in Arab languages and culture
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student - a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines


[ˈærəbɪst] Narabista mf
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