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Giaour (jowʹ-er)

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An unbeliever, one who disbelieves the Mahometan faith. A corruption of the Arabic Kiafir. It has now become so common that it scarcely implies insult, but has about the force of the word “Gentile,” meaning “not a Jew.” Byron has a poetical tale so called, but he has not given the giaour a name.

“The city won for Allah from the Giaour,

The Glaour from Othman’s race again may wrest.”


Byron: Childe Harold, canto ii. stanza 77.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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