Definition of ma'abara in English:

ma'abara

noun

  • A transitional settlement for immigrants to Israel. Chiefly historical.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in The Jewish Chronicle. From modern Hebrew maʿbārāh (in biblical Hebrew ‘passage, ford’) from ʿāḇar to pass, cross.

Pronunciation

ma'abara

/ˈmɑːbɑːˌrɑː/