Words from Arabic

Study Words

  1. azure
  2. Islamic
  3. sultan
  4. artichoke
  5. mummy [1]
  6. tarragon
  7. adobe
  8. mohair
  9. borax
  10. talc
  11. arsenal
  12. lemon
  13. tuna
  14. admiral
  15. hazard
  16. apricot
  17. carmine
  18. monsoon
  19. average
  20. gazelle [2]
  21. crimson
  22. orange
  23. sequin
  24. macrame
  25. algebra
  26. guitar
  27. nabob
  28. giraffe
  29. mattress
  30. elixir
  31. saffron
  32. cotton
  33. albatross [3]
  34. zero
  35. safari [4]
  36. magazine
  37. zenith
  38. alfalfa
  39. imam
  40. mosque
  41. alcohol
  42. tariff
  43. lilac
  44. alcove
  45. massage
  46. henna [5]
  47. alchemy
  48. sugar
  49. taj
  50. mahal
  51. khan
  52. ghoul

Challenge Words

  1. muslin
  2. camphor
  3. algorithm
  4. minaret
  5. tamarind
  6. carafe
  7. julep
  8. marzipan
  9. nenuphar
  10. alcazar
  11. tahini
  12. Qatari
  13. alkali
  14. serendipity
  15. nadir
  16. douane
  17. fennec
  18. hafiz
  19. azimuth
  20. bezoar
  21. halal
  22. alim
  23. Swahili
  24. serdab
  25. mihrab
  26. salaam
  27. mukhtar
  28. khor
  29. foggara
  30. diffa
  31. coffle

Spelling Tips

  1. 1 Double consonants are often seen in words from Arabic. More often than not, they occur in the middle of a word as in mummy, cotton, henna, foggara, coffle, tarragon, and several other words on the list. Their appearance at the end of a word (as in albatross and tariff) is usually because of the spelling conventions of English or some other language that the word passed through to get here.
  2. 2 A typical word from Arabic has three consonant sounds, with or without vowels between them. Gazelle, safari, talc, carafe, mahal, tahini, alkali, hafiz, and salaam are typical examples.
  3. 3 Note how many words on this list begin with al: This spelling can be traced to the definite article al ("the") in Arabic, which sometimes gets borrowed along with a word. Most of the time the spelling is al in English, but note el in elixir.
  4. 4 A long e sound (\ē\) at the end of a word from Arabic is often spelled with i as in safari and several other words on the list but may also be spelled with y as in mummy and alchemy.
  5. 5 The schwa sound (\ə\) at the end of a word from Arabic is usually spelled with a as in henna, tuna, algebra, alfalfa, foggara, and diffa.