Definition of Sahara Desert in US English:

Sahara Desert

(also the Sahara)

proper noun

  • A vast desert in North Africa that extends from the Atlantic Ocean on the west to the Red Sea on the east and from the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlas Mountains in the north to the Sahel in the south. The largest desert in the world, it covers an area of about 3,500,000 square miles (9,065,000 sq km).


Sahara from Arabic ṣaḥrā‘ ‘desert’.


Sahara Desert

/səˌherə ˈdezərt/