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Samnium

[sam-nee-uh m]
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noun
  1. an ancient country in central Italy.
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Related formsSam·nite [sam-nahyt] /ˈsæm naɪt/, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for samnite

Historical Examples

  • Livy says that the covering of the breast of the Samnite gladiators was sponge.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850.

    Various

  • The son did the same at the battle of Sentinum and brought the Samnite wars to an end.

    De Officiis

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • But what are we to say to the Samnite Schiavia which sheltered Anselm?

    Studies of Travel: Italy

    Edward A. Freeman

  • There are Roman antiquities in the place; for Samnite antiquities we do not look.

    Studies of Travel: Italy

    Edward A. Freeman

  • His first act was to take some important Samnite towns which had revolted.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

    Aubrey Stewart & George Long


British Dictionary definitions for samnite

Samnite

noun
  1. a member of an Oscan-speaking people of the S Apennines, who clashed repeatedly with Rome between 350 bc and 200 bc
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adjective
  1. of or relating to this people
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Samnium

noun
  1. an ancient country of central Italy inhabited by Oscan-speaking Samnites: corresponds to the present-day regions of Abruzzi, Molise, and part of Campania
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Word Origin and History for samnite

Samnite

n.

member of an ancient people who inhabited Samnium in Italy, late 14c., from Latin Samnites (plural), from Samnium, probably related to Sabine (q.v.).

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