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Castilian

[ka-stil-yuh n] /kæˈstɪl yən/
noun
1.
the dialect of Spanish spoken in Castile.
2.
the official standard form of the Spanish language as spoken in Spain, based on this dialect.
3.
a native or inhabitant of Castile.
adjective
4.
of or relating to Castile.
Origin of Castilian
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; Castile + -ian
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  • Then a feminine person did a Castilian dance between the tables.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This is what gives to the name "Castilian," its proud significance.

    A Short History of Spain Mary Platt Parmele
  • The antiquity of my family and the pureness of my Castilian blood!

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • What agonies of jealousy should I not inflict upon the old Castilian!

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • This proceeds in part from idleness and in part from Castilian pride.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • But further it must be remembered that Berners almost certainly could not read Castilian.

    John Lyly John Dover Wilson
  • Aliso street is from the Castilian 'aliso,' meaning alder tree.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • There was a gleam in the proud Castilian's eyes as he said that; but then he sank back with a sigh.

    A Prisoner of Morro

    Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for Castilian

Castilian

/kæˈstɪljən/
noun
1.
the Spanish dialect of Castile; the standard form of European Spanish
2.
a native or inhabitant of Castile
adjective
3.
denoting, relating to, or characteristic of Castile, its inhabitants, or the standard form of European Spanish
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