- Also Spar·tan·ic [spahr-tan-ik] /spɑrˈtæn ɪk/. of or relating to Sparta or its people.
- (usually lowercase) suggestive of the ancient Spartans; sternly disciplined and rigorously simple, frugal, or austere.
- (usually lowercase) brave; undaunted.
- a native or inhabitant of Sparta.
- a person of Spartan characteristics.
Origin of Spartan
- of or relating to Sparta or its citizens
- (sometimes not capital) very strict or austerea Spartan upbringing
- (sometimes not capital) possessing courage and resolve
- a citizen of Sparta
- (sometimes not capital) a disciplined or brave person
- a Canadian variety of eating apple
Word Origin and History for spartanism
early 15c., "of or pertaining to the ancient Greek city of Sparta," from Sparta capital of Laconia, famed for severity of its social order, the frugality of its people, the valor of its army, and the brevity of its speech. Meaning "characterized by frugality or courage" is from 1640s.