Definition of The Arabian Nights from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


The Arabian Nights

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the name often given to the Thousand and One Nights, a collection of traditional stories from the Middle East, written in Arabic. Scheherezade marries a king who kills his wives after their first night together. She survives by telling him a different story every night. Many popular films, songs and pantomimes are based on some of these stories, such as Aladdin and Sinbad the Sailor