[ sab-uh-tair-ee-uh n ]
/ ˌsæb əˈtɛər i ən /


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 forms

Sab·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


/ (ˌsæbəˈtɛərɪən) /


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 Forms

Sabbatarianism, noun

Word Origin for Sabbatarian

C17: from Late Latin sabbatārius a Sabbath-keeper
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