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Rabat \Rab"at\ (r[a^]b"[a^]t), n. [See Rabot.] A polishing material made of potter's clay that has failed in baking.


Rabat \Ra`bat"\ (r[.a]*b[=a]t"), n. [F. Cf. Rabato.] (Eccl.)

  1. A clerical linen collar.

  2. A kind of clerical scarf fitted to a collar; as, a black silk rabat.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Moroccan capital, from Arabic ar-ribat, from ribat "fortified monastery."


n. 1 A polishing material made of potter's clay that has failed in baking. 2 A piece of fabric fitted to the collar covering the shirt-front worn by the Catholic and Anglican clergy. 3 The clerical linen collar itself.


Rabat (; ; ) is the capital of Morocco and its seventh largest city center with an urban population of approximately 580,000 (2014) and a metropolitan population of over 1.2 million. It is also the capital of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra administrative region.

The city is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. On the facing shore of the river lies Salé, the city's main commuter town. Rabat, Temara, and Salé form a conurbation of over 1.8 million people. Silt-related problems have diminished Rabat's role as a port; however, Rabat and Salé still maintain important textile, food processing and construction industries. In addition, tourism and the presence of all foreign embassies in Morocco serve to make Rabat one of the most important cities in the country.

Once a reputed corsair haven, Rabat served as one of the many ports in North Africa for the Barbary pirates, who were particularly active from the 16th through the 18th centuries.

Rabat is accessible by train through the ONCF system and by plane through the nearby Rabat–Salé Airport.

The Moroccan capital was ranked at second place by CNN in its "Top Travel Destinations of 2013." It is one of four Imperial cities of Morocco, and the medina of Rabat is listed as a World Heritage site.

Rabat (film)

Rabat is a Dutch roadmovie, and the first film made by Jim Taihattu and Victor Ponten, from Habbekrats. Habbekrats, founded in 2004, is an independent Dutch advertising company, which focuses specifically on people and companies with a so-called 'no-nonsense' mentality. For example, they made a videoclip for the Dutch rapduo The Opposites called They have also worked for Het Parool, Freshcotton, MTV Netherlands and DuvelDuvel.

It was filmed in the summer of 2010 during a period of five weeks. The premiere was on the 6th of June 2011 at Tuschinski in Amsterdam.

The three main characters are played by Nasrdin Dchar, Achmed Akkabi and Marwan Kenzari. The film was shot by a young cameraman from the Netherlands: Lennart Verstegen.

Usage examples of "rabat".

The unfinished Hassan Tower at Rabat having at one time become a place of evil resort, the reigning ameer ordered the way up to be destroyed, but it was found so hard that only the first round was cut away, and the door bricked up.

So he sold to a Jewish merchant in the Mellah the couches and great chairs which he had bought out of England, as well as the carpets from Rabat, the silken hangings from Fez, and the purple canopies from Morocco city.

In 1962, Philip Tobias said the Kanam jaw most closely resembled a late Middle Pleistocene jaw from Rabat in Morocco, and Late Pleistocene jaws such as those from the Cave of Hearths in South Africa and Dire-Dawa in Ethiopia.

Forgive me, Ketmia, but a young woman of your race would bring a very great price in Tunis, Monastir, or Rabat.

Six months ago they had abandoned their houses and followed him They had passed from Mequinez to Rabat, from Rabat to Mazagan, from Mazagan to Mogador, from Mogador to Marrakesh, and finally from Marrakesh through the treacherous Beni Magild to Fez.

In Vichy, and cities such as Rabat, where there were embassies and consulates general, American diplomats daily encountered their German, Japanese, and Italian enemies on the street and at cocktail parties and dinners.

I would suppose the consulate general in Rabat has all the details.

And so, he suspected, was the Peugeot sedan with the Rabat license tag he used when he wished to be more discreet.