[sawr-ee-uh n]


belonging or pertaining to the Sauria, a group of reptiles originally including the lizards, crocodiles, and several extinct forms but now technically restricted to the lizards.
resembling a lizard.


a saurian animal, as a dinosaur or lizard.

Nearby words

  1. saunders,
  2. saundra,
  3. saunter,
  4. saurashtra,
  5. saurel,
  6. saurischian,
  7. sauropod,
  8. sauropterygian,
  9. saury,
  10. sausage

Origin of saurian

1800–10; < New Latin Sauri(a) an order of reptiles + -an; see -saur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for saurian



of, relating to, or resembling a lizard
of, relating to, or belonging to the Sauria, a former suborder of reptiles (now called Lacertilia), which included the lizards


a former name for lizard

Word Origin for saurian

C15: from New Latin Sauria, from Greek sauros

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Word Origin and History for saurian



reptile of the order Sauria, 1819, from Modern Latin sauria "the order of reptiles," from Greek sauros "lizard" (see -saurus). Sauropod is 1891, from Modern Latin sauropoda (O.C. Marsh, 1884), second element from Greek pous "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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Science definitions for saurian



A lizard or similar reptile.
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