[ 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
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How to use Saracen in a sentence
It was an antique, half-Gothic, half-Saracenic looking edifice, which they now approached.
The chasuble itself is of fine Saracenic silk, woven with golden inscriptions in broad stripes.Needlework As Art|Marian Alford
The Saracenic or Mohammedan architecture afterwards introduced into India is, of course, of foreign origin.
He had expected to see a bit of Saracenic armor, made in Birmingham, or a cleverly forged Corot.In Friendship's Guise|Wm. Murray Graydon
The Saracenic capitals of the beautifully carved pillars of the three doors of this faade are exceptionally good.Cathedral Cities of Italy|William Wiehe Collins
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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