[ sab-uh-tair-ee-uhn ]

  1. a person who observes the seventh day of the week, Saturday, as the Sabbath.

  2. a person who adheres to or favors a strict observance of Sunday.

  1. of or relating to the Sabbath and its observance.

Origin of Sabbatarian

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

Other words from Sabbatarian

  • Sab·ba·tar·i·an·ism, noun

Words Nearby Sabbatarian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Sabbatarian in a sentence

  • The rigid strictness of Sabbatarian practice requires the full energy of middle life.

    The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
  • Ryper shooting began by law yesterday, but our Sabbatarian proclivities prevented us from going forth to the chase.

    Three in Norway | James Arthur Lees
  • It was issued to appease the clamor of the clergy who demanded it, and was drafted, not by Lincoln, but by some pious Sabbatarian.

  • When did Sabbatarian observances begin to be required by the Word of God, and when again did they cease to be so?

    The Life of Cicero | Anthony Trollope
  • I have an instance of a very grim assertion of extreme Sabbatarian zeal.

British Dictionary definitions for Sabbatarian


/ (ˌsæbəˈtɛərɪən) /

  1. a person advocating the strict religious observance of Sunday

  2. a person who observes Saturday as the Sabbath

  1. of or relating to the Sabbath or its observance

Origin of Sabbatarian

C17: from Late Latin sabbatārius a Sabbath-keeper

Derived forms of Sabbatarian

  • Sabbatarianism, noun

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