Origin of Saracen
Examples from the Web for saracen
The remark “is totally going to lose him the Norman, Druid, Jute and Saracen vote,” one wit commented.
Morshead may be the nickname of mine host of the Saracen's Head or may mean the end of the moor.The Romance of Names|Ernest Weekley
The knight spurred his steed forward, but the Saracen leaped into his seat again without touching the stirrup.Tales of Fantasy and Fact|Brander Matthews
Along with pretty Saracen maidens, or memories of them, were brought back into Europe legends of Asmodeus.Demonology and Devil-lore|Moncure Daniel Conway
Now Ailie could get no one to believe her, but she is certain that the letter was sealed with the old Saracen not the new Saxon.The Clever Woman of the Family|Charlotte M. Yonge
If he had taken that strange Saracen sword of his out and run her through with it, he could not have hurt her more.The Saracen: The Holy War|Robert Shea
British Dictionary definitions for saracen
- a Muslim, esp one who opposed the crusades
- (in later use) any Arab
Word Origin for Saracen
Word Origin and History for saracen
Old English, "an Arab" (in Greek and Roman translations), also, mid-13c., generally, "non-Christian, heathen, pagan," from Old French saracin, from Late Latin saracenus, from Greek sarakenos, usually said to be from Arabic sharquiyin, accusative plural of sharqiy "eastern," from sharq "east, sunrise," but this is not certain. In medieval times the name was associated with that of Biblical Sarah (q.v.).
Peple þat cleped hem self Saracenys, as þogh þey were i-come of Sarra [John of Trevisa, translation of Higdon's Polychronicon, 1387]
The name Greeks and Romans gave to the nomads of the Syrian and Arabian deserts. Specific sense of "Middle Eastern Muslim" is from the Crusades. From c.1300 as an adjective. Related: Saracenic; and cf. sarsen.