[sab-uh-tair-ee-uh n]


a person who observes the seventh day of the week, Saturday, as the Sabbath.
a person who adheres to or favors a strict observance of Sunday.


of or relating to the Sabbath and its observance.

Origin of Sabbatarian

1605–15; < Late Latin sabbatāri(us) (sabbat(um) Sabbath + -ārius -ary) + -an

Related formsSab·ba·tar·i·an·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sabbatarian



a person advocating the strict religious observance of Sunday
a person who observes Saturday as the Sabbath


of or relating to the Sabbath or its observance
Derived FormsSabbatarianism, noun

Word Origin for Sabbatarian

C17: from Late Latin sabbatārius a Sabbath-keeper

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Word Origin and History for sabbatarian



1610s, "a Christian unusually strict about Sabbath observation," from Latin Sabbatarius (adj.), from Sabbatum (see Sabbath). Meaning "member of a Christian sect which maintained the Sabbath should be observed on the seventh day" is attested from 1640s; earlier sabbatary (1590s). Related: Sabbatartianism.

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