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Circassian

[ser-kash-uh n, -ee-uh n] /sərˈkæʃ ən, -i ən/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Circassia.
2.
a group of North Caucasian languages, including Kabardian.
3.
a literary language based on the western dialects of the Circassian group.
adjective
4.
of or relating to Circassia, its inhabitants, often with respect to their legendary beauty, or their language.
Origin of Circassian
1545-1555
1545-55; < Medieval Latin or New Latin Circassi(a) + -an
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  • He was wearing grey riding-breeches, a jacket and a Circassian cap.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • The question of the Circassian is only the beginning, and not even the worst.

  • Of a sudden the wind lulled, and the Circassian righted from her careen.

  • All festal occasions in Circassian life are enlivened by the presence of the minstrel.

    Life of Schamyl John Milton Mackie
  • As a wife she is faithful; for indeed the jealousy of a Circassian husband is not to be endured.

    Life of Schamyl John Milton Mackie
  • The well-known Circassian slave-trade is confined to the sale of females.

    Life of Schamyl John Milton Mackie
  • For weeks and months he may watch without seeing a single Circassian.

    Life of Schamyl John Milton Mackie
  • The wealth of a Circassian consists very much in his arms and horses.

    Life of Schamyl John Milton Mackie
British Dictionary definitions for Circassian

Circassian

/sɜːˈkæsɪən/
noun
1.
a native of Circassia
2.
a language or languages spoken in Circassia, belonging to the North-West Caucasian family See also Adygei, Kabardian
adjective
3.
relating to Circassia, its people, or language
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