[ suh-mar-i-tn ]
/ səˈmær ɪ tn /


an inhabitant of Samaria.
(often lowercase) one who is compassionate and helpful to a person in distress.
any of the dialects of Aramaic spoken by the Samaritans in ancient Israel and until recently still spoken in Nablus.


pertaining to Samaria or to Samaritans.

Origin of Samaritan

before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Late Latin samarītānus < Greek samarī́t(ēs) dweller in Samaria + -ānus -an

Related forms

Sa·mar·i·tan·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for samaritan


/ (səˈmærɪtən) /


a native or inhabitant of Samaria
short for Good Samaritan
a member of a voluntary organization (the Samaritans) which offers counselling to people in despair, esp by telephone
the dialect of Aramaic spoken in Samaria


of or relating to Samaria

Derived Forms

Samaritanism, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with samaritan


see good Samaritan.

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