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[ saf-ee-uh n ]
/ ˈsæf i ən /


a leather made of goatskin or sheepskin, usually dyed in bright colors.

Nearby words

safety valve, safety-deposit, safety-deposit box, safety-pin, saffi, saffian, safflower, safflower oil, saffron, safi, safid rud

Origin of saffian

1585–95; < Russian safʾyán < Turkic (compare Turkish sahtiyan) < Persian sekhtiyān, akin to sekht hard, firm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saffian

  • Saffian, saf′i-an, n. a name applied to skins tanned with sumac and dyed in bright colours.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)|Various

British Dictionary definitions for saffian


/ (ˈsæfɪən) /


leather tanned with sumach and usually dyed a bright colour

Word Origin for saffian

C16: via Russian and Turkish from Persian sakhtiyān goatskin, from sakht hard
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