; also transcribed (ad-)dārija
) is a term used by Maghreb Arabic
speakers to refer to their dialect. This dialect is characterized by an abundance of loan-words from the languages of the historical colonial occupiers of the Maghreb (French and Spanish), and also from the native Berber languages
. It is only used for oral communication, with Modern Standard Arabic
) used for written communication. In Eastern Arab countries the term العامية (al-)`āmmiyya
is more commonly used for the colloquial varieties of Arabic.
Darija can refer to: