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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Giaour (jow’-er).
 
An unbeliever, one who disbelieves the Mahometan faith. A corruption of the Arabic Kiafir. It has now become so common that it scarcely implies insult, but has about the force of the word “Gentile,” meaning “not a Jew.” Byron has a poetical tale so called, but he has not given the giaour a name.   1
       
“The city won for Allah from the Giaour,
The Glaour from Othman’s race again may wrest.”
       
Byron: Childe Harold, canto ii. stanza 77.
 


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