fellah

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fellah an agricultural laborer in Arab countries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fellah A peasant or cultivator of the soil among the Egyptians, Syrians, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fellah An Egyptian or Syrian peasant, laborer, or tiller of the soil. The fellahs or fellaheen of Egypt, including all the working classes, but chiefly agricultural laborers, are of mixed Coptic, Arabian, and Nubian stock, and are socially and politically degraded. The Turks apply the name contemptuously to all Egyptians.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fellah fel′ä an Arabic name applied contemptuously by the Turks to the labouring or agricultural population of Egypt—descendants of the ancient Egyptian, intermingled with Syrians, Arabs, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar., 'tiller of the soil.'

Usage

In literature:

You mustn't expect a fellah to see evwybody.
"She and I, Volume 1" by John Conroy Hutcheson
He's a wewy decent fellah.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
That they will not ask of the Arabs, for no Arab would work like a fellah.
"At Aboukir and Acre" by George Alfred Henty
The fine big fellah that he is!
"Candle and Crib" by K. F. Purdon
A fellah who passed remarked that rain was coming.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
Similar looms are still used for mat making by the Egyptian fellah.
"Ancient Egyptian and Greek Looms" by H. Ling Roth
The Egyptian fellah or peasant seldom enjoys a hot meal.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
Some fellahs lighted torches and preceded the two travellers, who were accompanied by Argyropoulos.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
The fellah or peasant, he who tills the soil, is of a fine and industrious race, well built, broad chested, and lithe of frame.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
The Egyptian fellah is anything but a fighter.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
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In poetry:

D was a dandified Dog
Who said,--"Though it's raining like fog
I wear no umbrellah,
Me boy, for a fellah
Might just as well travel incog!"
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Morocco's Fellah Hotel is an artist's residence, literacy center, and a preschool.
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