[ spahr-tn ]
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  1. Also Spar·tan·ic [spahr-tan-ik]. /spɑrˈtæn ɪk/. of or relating to Sparta or its people.

  2. (usually lowercase) suggestive of the ancient Spartans; sternly disciplined and rigorously simple, frugal, or austere.

  1. (usually lowercase) brave; undaunted.

  1. a native or inhabitant of Sparta.

  2. a person of Spartan characteristics.

Origin of Spartan

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin Spartānus, equivalent to Spart(a) Sparta (<Doric Greek Spártā) + -ānus-an

synonym study For Spartan

1. See austere.

Other words from Spartan

  • Spar·tan·ism, noun
  • Spar·tan·ly, Spar·tan·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non-Spartan, adjective, noun

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How to use Spartan in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Spartan


/ (ˈspɑːtən) /

  1. of or relating to Sparta or its citizens

  2. (sometimes not capital) very strict or austere: a Spartan upbringing

  1. (sometimes not capital) possessing courage and resolve

  1. a citizen of Sparta

  2. (sometimes not capital) a disciplined or brave person

  1. a Canadian variety of eating apple

Derived forms of Spartan

  • Spartanism, noun

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