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[sal-uh-din] /ˈsæl ə dɪn/
(Salāh-ed-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb) 1137–93, sultan of Egypt and Syria 1175–93: opponent of Crusaders. Unabridged
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  • They are not so distant from the camp of Saladin but what they might be in a moment surprised.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • During these exciting moments Melville did not forget Saladin.

    The Story of Red Feather Edward S. (Edward Sylvester) Ellis
  • They related that the town had been taken by Saladin, and that only the citadel yet held out.

    With Spurs of Gold Frances Nimmo Greene
  • And so perhaps you would be Saladin, and he can be Sir Kenneth, though he's too sneaky for him, too.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • He was patronized by the celebrated Saladin, and published an excellent description of Egypt, which is still extant.

  • Saladin found that he could not fulfill the conditions to which he had agreed.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
  • Many other important cities and castles speedily fell into the hands of the victorious Saladin.

    The Knights Templars C. G. (Charles Greenstreet) Addison
  • Saladin had by this time strengthened himself so much that he was ready for battle.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
  • Singwell and Saladin (puppies) having been sent away howling, the one bit through the jowl, the other through the foot.

British Dictionary definitions for Saladin


Arabic name Salah-ed-Din Yusuf ibn-Ayyub. ?1137–93, sultan of Egypt and Syria and opponent of the Crusaders. He defeated the Christians near Tiberias (1187) and captured Acre, Jerusalem, and Ashkelon. He fought against Richard I of England and Philip II of France during the Third Crusade (1189–92)
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Word Origin and History for Saladin

Sultan of Egypt and Syria 1174-93, in full Salah-ad-din Yusuf ibn-Ayyub (1137-1193).

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Saladin in Culture
Saladin [(sal-uh-din)]

A Kurdish general who conquered Egypt and Syria in the twelfth century. His capture of Jerusalem precipitated a crusade.

Note: Saladin became legendary for both his military genius and his generosity.
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