[ ser-kash-uhn, -ee-uhn ]

  1. a native or inhabitant of Circassia.

  2. a group of North Caucasian languages, including Kabardian.

  1. a literary language based on the western dialects of the Circassian group.

  1. of or relating to Circassia, its inhabitants, often with respect to their legendary beauty, or their language.

Origin of Circassian

First recorded in 1545–55; from Medieval Latin or New Latin Circassi(a) + -an

Words Nearby Circassian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Circassian in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Circassian


/ (sɜːˈkæsɪən) /

  1. a native of Circassia

  2. a language or languages spoken in Circassia, belonging to the North-West Caucasian family: See also Adygei, Kabardian

adjectiveAlso: Circassic
  1. relating to Circassia, its people, or language

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