/ (in ancient Italy ˈsæmnaɪt) /

  1. a member of an Oscan-speaking people of the S Apennines, who clashed repeatedly with Rome between 350 bc and 200 bc

  1. of or relating to this people

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How to use Samnite in a sentence

  • It was the final result of the Roman-Samnite wars which finally determined the question of the overlordship of Italy.

  • Whole cities were destroyed, and the Samnite race was practically annihilated.

  • Cinna, master of Campania, was penetrating into Latium, while a Samnite army invaded it on the other side.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2 | Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
  • At last three Samnite shepherds discovered him at a distance of fifteen paces from the spot where Matho's tent lately stood.

    Salammbo | Gustave Flaubert
  • A stone broke it near the guard; the Samnite was killed and the flood of Carthaginians closed in, they touched Matho.

    Salammbo | Gustave Flaubert