Definition of Kabyle in US English:


nounPlural Kabyles

  • 1A member of a Berber people inhabiting northern Algeria.

    • ‘These frères d'olive would create another society with the local Kabyles and Berbers, departements of France as North Africa was once a great and fertile province of Rome.’
    • ‘The pressure to Arabize was resisted by Berber population groups, such as the Kabyles, the Chaouia, the Tuareg, and the Mzabt.’
    • ‘Berbers who inhabited the Atlas Mountains southeast of Algiers, Kabyles were the fiercest opponents of the French occupation, submitting to it only in 1857.’
    • ‘Alongside their enumeration of the apparent benefits for French mercantilism, authors incorporated the theme of commerce into discussions regarding the fundamental differences between Kabyles and Arabs.’
    • ‘The Kabyles are the most resistant to government incursion.’
  • 2The Berber dialect of the Kabyle.

    • ‘The Chaouia dialect, which is distinguishable from but related to Kabyle, bears the mark and influence of Arabic.’
    • ‘Kabyle is a Berber language spoken by the Kabyle people.’
    • ‘The principal language used by this people is Kabyle, used both at home and professionally.’


  • Relating to the Kabyle or their language.

    • ‘The Chaouias are traditionally the most isolated of all the Berber groups; the only outsiders their villages received were occasional Kabyle traders.’
    • ‘A speciality of the Kabyle Berbers of Algeria is ahethut, made from barley, bran, and ground acorn meal.’
    • ‘The fota, a piece of cloth usually red, yellow and black, was worn at the hips by Kabyle women.’
    • ‘We employed this technique when a Kabyle vessel arrived at the Museum with a white bloom across parts of the surface.’
    • ‘The surviving leaders of the Kabyle rebels were either executed or sent to New Caledonia along with 4,000 Parisian Communards, including the remarkable Louise Michel.’


Probably from Arabic qabā'il, plural of qabīla ‘tribe’.