or Sa·bae·an

[ suh-bee-uh n ]
/ səˈbi ən /


of or relating to Saba.


an inhabitant of Saba.

Origin of Sabean

1580–90; < Latin sabae(us) (< Greek sabaîos of Saba or Sheba) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sabean

  • Once plundered by Sabean force, Some cald it war but others worse.

    The Hardy Country|Charles G. Harper
  • Milton says, 'Sabean odors from the spicy shores of Araby the blest.'

    Asiatic Breezes|Oliver Optic

Word Origin and History for sabean



inhabitant of the region of Arabia now known as Yemen, from Latin Sabaeus, from Greek Sabaios "the people of Saba," the region's capital city, from Arabic Saba'. In ancient times it was an important transit point for spices, perfumes, precious stones, etc., imported to Europe from India.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper