Definition of Himyarite in English:



  • A member of an ancient people of the SW part of the Arabian peninsula, who ruled much of southern Arabia before the 6th century AD.

    • ‘The monuments of these Himyarites were inscribed with an obsolete and mysterious alphabet.’
    • ‘Abu Qarib Asad who was the king of Yemen introduced Judaism among the idolatrous Himyarites.’
    • ‘The most famous of the Himyarites were Ziad Al-Jamhur, Quda'a and Sakasic.’
    • ‘Like their predecessors, the Himyarites used the nomadic Arabs as auxiliaries in their armies, Robin adds, particularly from the 3rd century AD onwards.’
    • ‘An Arabian author mentions other tribes beside the Himyarites as adherents of Judaism, viz., the Banu Kinana Banu Hareth ben Kab, and Kinda.’
    • ‘In Arabia, whole tribes converted to Judaism, including two kinds of the Himyarites.’
    • ‘The Himyarites had by this time formed an alliance with the Persians and defeated the Ethiopian invaders.’
    • ‘The Himyarites prospered in the incense, myrrh and spice trade until the Romans began to open the sea routes through the Red Sea.’
    • ‘They were also called the Himyarites or the Yemenites.’
    • ‘There is good reason to think that the Himyarites were allied to Palmyra in the great rebellion against Rome in the 270's.’


  • Relating to the Himyarites.

    • ‘A number of ancient empires, including the Minaean, Sabaean, and Himyarite, flourished in southern Yemen.’
    • ‘Yet the kingdom was not Jewish, and its monotheism was but an expression of Himyarite independence.’
    • ‘The town leaders climbed down the well next to where the Himyarite castle used to be in the walled city.’
    • ‘In the past several of the Himyarite monarchs converted to Judaism though apparently their descendants had tended to revert to paganism.’
    • ‘Sometime after the 3rd century, the Himyarite ruling family converted to Judaism, making Judaism the ruling religion.’
    • ‘However, it is believed that the last Himyarite kings had ruled Yemen from Sana'a, namely from the palace of Ghumdan.’
    • ‘Sabaean and Himyarite inscriptions can be found on the gate of Shibam, especially in the mosque and in other older constructions.’
    • ‘After the Christian era the Himyarite coinage loses much of its importance, and the execution becomes more and more barbarous.’
    • ‘The belief that the graves of the Himyarite kings are full of jewelry leads many people to dig them up in order to steal what is inside.’


From the name Himyar(the name of a traditional king of Yemen) + -ite.