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  1. of or belonging to an ancient people of central Italy who lived chiefly in the Apennines northeast of Rome and were subjugated by the Romans about 290 b.c.
  1. one of the Sabine people.
  2. the Italic language of the Sabines.

Origin of Sabine1

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Sabīnus


[sey-bahyn, -bin for 1; suh-been for 2]
  1. Wallace Clement (Ware),1868–1919, U.S. physicist: pioneered research in acoustics.
  2. a river flowing SE and S from NE Texas, forming the boundary between Texas and Louisiana and then through Sabine Lake to the Gulf of Mexico. About 500 miles (800 km) long.
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  1. a member of an ancient Oscan-speaking people who lived in central Italy northeast of Rome
  1. of, characteristic of, or relating to this people or their language
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Word Origin and History for sabine



"pertaining to a people in ancient Italy," late 14c., from Latin Sabinus (in poetic Latin often Sabellus), perhaps literally "of its own kind" and connected to root of Sanskrit sabha "gathering of village community," Russian sebr "neighbor, friend," Gothic sibja, Old High German sippa "blood-relationship, peace, alliance," Old English sibb "relationship; peace;" see sibling).

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