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[sab-uh-tair-ee-uh n]
  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.
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  1. of or relating to the Sabbath and its observance.
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Origin of Sabbatarian

1605–15; < Late Latin sabbatāri(us) (sabbat(um) Sabbath + -ārius -ary) + -an
Related formsSab·ba·tar·i·an·ism, noun
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Historical Examples

  • All were rigidly Puritanical in their social and Sabbatarian observances.

    Beacon Lights of History, Volume XI

    John Lord

  • At any rate he was even less of a Sabbatarian in the former country than he was in the latter.

  • It will become a feature in our Sabbatarian domesticity some day, and among railway journeys at the present time it is unique.

  • Generally a Nonconformist and a Sabbatarian he—perhaps more particularly she—thinks the fewer inns the better.

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

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for sabbatarian


  1. a person advocating the strict religious observance of Sunday
  2. a person who observes Saturday as the Sabbath
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  1. of or relating to the Sabbath or its observance
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Derived FormsSabbatarianism, noun

Word Origin

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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