[ sar-uh-suhn ]
/ ˈsær ə sən /
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History/Historical. a member of any of the nomadic tribes on the Syrian borders of the Roman Empire.
(in later use) an Arab.
a Muslim, especially in the period of the Crusades.
Also Sar·a·cen·ic [sar-uh-sen-ik], /ˌsær əˈsɛn ɪk/, Sar·a·cen·i·cal. of or relating to the Saracens.
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Origin of Saracen
before 900; Middle English, Old English <Medieval Latin Saracēnus<Late Greek Sarakēnós
OTHER WORDS FROM SaracenSar·a·cen·ism, noun
Words nearby Saracen
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How to use Saracen in a sentence
The remark “is totally going to lose him the Norman, Druid, Jute and Saracen vote,” one wit commented.Mitt Romney Using U.K. Visit to Raise Money|Peter Popham|July 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Then their ship made anchor off the old Saracen castle of Castellamare, where now lay the Norman garrison.
A Saracen physician said he was fearfully smitten, but that life was strong within him, and he would live.
Only the Emir Iftikhar communed darkly with his own heart, and with certain sworn followers of his in the Saracen guard.
Beside him lies a beautiful female Saracen slave, while at his feet a male Saracen comes to surrender his treasure!
The Saracen proverb is verified: "The Christians find here shelter only in the belly of the vultures, the jackals and the lions!"
British Dictionary definitions for Saracen
/ (ˈsærəsən) /
history a member of one of the nomadic Arabic tribes, esp of the Syrian desert, that harassed the borders of the Roman Empire in that region
- a Muslim, esp one who opposed the crusades
- (in later use) any Arab
of or relating to Arabs of either of these periods, regions, or types
designating, characterizing, or relating to Muslim art or architecture
Derived forms of SaracenSaracenic (ˌsærəˈsɛnɪk) or Saracenical, adjective
Word Origin for Saracen
C13: from Old French Sarrazin, from Late Latin Saracēnus, from Late Greek Sarakēnos, perhaps from Arabic sharq sunrise, from shāraqa to rise
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