- Also Spar·tan·ic [spahr-tan-ik] /spɑrˈtæn ɪk/. of or relating to Sparta or its people.
- (usually lowercase) suggestive of the ancient Spartans; sternly disciplined and rigorously simple, frugal, or austere.
- (usually lowercase) brave; undaunted.
- a native or inhabitant of Sparta.
- a person of Spartan characteristics.
Origin of Spartan
Examples from the Web for spartan
Bullough was a third-team all-American and a cornerstone of the Spartan defense.The 2014 Dummies’ Guide to College Football Games
January 1, 2014
Having raised up a Spartan fleet to destroy Athens, they then opened their coffers to Athens and helped it rebuild.
Spartan admirals quickly trained themselves for a new kind of war, and one of them, Lysander, mastered it very quickly.
Their sense of security was badly shocked when Spartan ships, fueled by Persian cash, first attacked their military convoys.
There are sad, Spartan stores, endless rundown espresso cafes, and just a handful of attractive restaurants.The Face of Libya's Revolution
April 18, 2011
There was a Spartan law forbidding masters to emancipate their slaves.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But when they reached Rhegium, the wary Spartan was already beyond their reach.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
He was long described by his Spartan mother, who thought him a dunce, as only ‘food for powder.’Self-Help
Plato has criticised this as a marked defect of the Spartan system.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
It is hard for her to part from you, and she has behaved like a Spartan.The First Violin
- of or relating to Sparta or its citizens
- (sometimes not capital) very strict or austerea Spartan upbringing
- (sometimes not capital) possessing courage and resolve
- a citizen of Sparta
- (sometimes not capital) a disciplined or brave person
- a Canadian variety of eating apple
Word Origin and History for spartan
early 15c., "of or pertaining to the ancient Greek city of Sparta," from Sparta capital of Laconia, famed for severity of its social order, the frugality of its people, the valor of its army, and the brevity of its speech. Meaning "characterized by frugality or courage" is from 1640s.