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Husayn (or Hussein) is a male Muslim name (اسْمٌ شَخْصِيٌّ). It is a diminutive of the name Hasan (حَسَنٌ) which means good, handsome, or beautiful. The meaning of حُسَيْنٌ, however, is different.
Diminutive in Arabic and its use in names Hide
By its form, حُسَيْن is a diminutive (تَصْغِيرٌ) which means that it denotes something small – a young/little beauty. Diminutives are often difficult to translate because you don't find them in dictionaries.
The diminutive in Arabic
Forms like حُسَيْن are called diminutive, so called: تَصْغِير. Diminutives are used for Arabic names and are common in Arabic.
Some patterns and examples.
Derived from a اِسْم that consists in total of three letters (here, as always, we don't mean 3 root letters)
Notice: Also adverbs of place or time follow this pattern: قَبْلَ – قُبَيْلَ (shortly before) and بَعْدَ – بُعَيْدَ (shortly after)
When the original noun consists in total of four letters (again, we don't mean 4 root letters!)
They have a ة and follow the rules of number 2.
If the original noun is feminine but does not have a ة, the diminutive will take a ة (e.g. market)
This pattern is used when the original اِسْم is of this form: The second letter of the اِسْم is followed by a long vowel.
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