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[sahr-mey-shee-uh, -shuh] /sɑrˈmeɪ ʃi ə, -ʃə/
the ancient name of a region in E Europe, between the Vistula and the Volga.
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Sarmatian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Marlowe has mistaken "Sarmata," a sarmatian, for the country Sarmatia.

  • By his side lolled the faithful giant, his friend, the sarmatian, Aragaris.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • The sarmatian Aragaris belonged to the number chosen to leave the north.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • The reasons for believing this to have been sarmatian will be given in the sequel.

    The Ethnology of Europe Robert Gordon Latham
  • Some portion of the present area was Keltic, and a still greater was sarmatian.

    The Ethnology of Europe Robert Gordon Latham
  • It would also be more sarmatian than either German or Classical.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • Perhaps he is nearer to the sarmatian than the continental Celt.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • He first thought of Mastor; but the sarmatian was faithfully devoted to his master and could not be bribed.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Yet, in spite of this, there was only one sarmatian queen who became famous for her deeds on the battle-field.

  • On the south the corresponding zone is affected by numerous secondary folds which involve the sarmatian or Upper Miocene deposits.

British Dictionary definitions for sarmatian


a native or inhabitant of Sarmatia, an ancient region of E Europe
of or relating to Sarmatia or its inhabitants


the ancient name of a region between the Volga and Vistula Rivers now covering parts of Poland, Belarus, and SW Russia
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Word Origin and History for sarmatian


Latin Sarmatia, from Greek Sarmates, name of an ancient tribe which wandered the plains of eastern Europe west of the Volga; later poetically identified with Poland. Related: Sarmatian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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