Ishmaelite
Ishmaelite Ish"ma*el*ite, n. 1. A descendant of Ishmael (the son of Abraham and Hagar), of whom it was said, ``His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him.'' --Gen. xvi. 12. [1913 Webster]

2. One at enmity with society; a wanderer; a vagabond; an outcast. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

3. See {Ismaelian}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ishmaelite — [ ɪʃməˌlʌɪt] noun a descendant of Ishmael, a son of Abraham and Hagar (Gen. 16:12), and in Islamic belief the traditional ancestor of Muhammad and of the Arab peoples …   English new terms dictionary

  • ishmaelite — ish·ma·el·ite …   English syllables

  • Ishmaelite — Ish•ma•el•ite [[t]ˈɪʃ mi əˌlaɪt, meɪ ə , mə [/t]] n. 1) bib a member of a Biblical people descended from Ishmael, who is regarded in Muslim tradition as the progenitor of the Arabs 2) bib Ishmael 2) • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • Ishmaelite — /ˈɪʃməlaɪt/ (say ishmuhluyt) noun 1. a descendant of Ishmael (from whom Arab people claim descent). 2. Also, Ishmael. a wanderer; an outcast …   Australian English dictionary

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