Arabic Word A Day

June 28, 2007

(مكتبة) maktabah – Arabic Word A Day

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(مكتبة) maktabah, noun

Meanings

  1. library
  2. bookstore

Examples

  1. ista’artu kutuban min ‘l-maktabati
    (استعرت كتبا من المكتبة);
    I borrowed books from the library.
  2. al-raja_u min zuwwa_ri ‘l-maktabati ‘l-suku_tu
    (الرجاء من زوار المكتبة السكوت);
    Visitors to the library are asked to be quiet.
  3. Sharaytu ‘l-kita_ba min maktabati ‘l-ja_mi’ati
    (شريت الكتاب من مكتبة الجامعة);
    I bought the book from the University bookstore.

Etymology/Notes

(مكتبة) Maktabah comes on the scale of (مفعلة) maf’alah, meaning that place where things of the base meaning of the word are gathered. So a Maktabah is a place where books are gathered or are found abundantly, just like a (مأسدة) ma’sadah is land abundant with lions.

(شريت) sharaytu is another way of saying (اشتريت) ishtaraytu.

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