[sith-ee-uh n]
  1. a native or inhabitant of Scythia.
  2. the Iranian language spoken by the ancient Scythians.

Origin of Scythian

First recorded in 1535–45; Scythi(a) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for scythian


  1. of or relating to ancient Scythia, its inhabitants, or their language
  1. a member of an ancient nomadic people of Scythia
  2. the extinct language of this people, belonging to the East Iranian branch of the Indo-European family
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Word Origin and History for scythian



1540s, from Latin Scythia, from Greek Skythia, name anciently given to the region along the north coast of the Black Sea, from Skythes "a Scythian," said to be from an Indo-European root meaning "shepherd" [Room]. As an adjective from 1560s. Herodotus is responsible for Scythian disease or Scythian insanity.

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