Circassian

[ser-kash-uh n, -ee-uh n]
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Circassia.
  2. a group of North Caucasian languages, including Kabardian.
  3. a literary language based on the western dialects of the Circassian group.
adjective
  1. of or relating to Circassia, its inhabitants, often with respect to their legendary beauty, or their language.

Origin of Circassian

1545–55; < Medieval Latin or New Latin Circassi(a) + -an
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Examples from the Web for circassian

Contemporary Examples of circassian

  • Communities were spilt into smaller and smaller units, while signs in villages warned against speaking Circassian in public areas.

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    The Lost Tribe Of Sochi

    Peter Schwartzstein

    February 9, 2014

  • “This is like having the Olympics in Auschwitz,” tweeted one young Circassian activist.

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    The Lost Tribe Of Sochi

    Peter Schwartzstein

    February 9, 2014

Historical Examples of circassian


British Dictionary definitions for circassian

Circassian

noun
  1. a native of Circassia
  2. a language or languages spoken in Circassia, belonging to the North-West Caucasian familySee also Adygei, Kabardian
adjective Also: Circassic
  1. relating to Circassia, its people, or language
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