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Saracen definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: (historically) a member of the nomadic people of the Syrian and Arabian deserts at the time of the Roman Empire
2: (when used broadly) any Arab
3: (historically) a Muslim who opposed the Crusades

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin Saracenus, from Late Greek Sarak?nos Date: before 12th century a member of a nomadic people of the deserts between Syria and Arabia; broadly Arab Saracen adjective Saracenic adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. hist. --n. 1 an Arab or Muslim at the time of the Crusades. 2 a nomad of the Syrian and Arabian desert. --adj. of the Saracens. Phrases and idioms: Saracen corn Brit. archaic buckwheat. Saracen's head the head of a Saracen or Turk as a heraldic charge or inn-sign. Derivatives: Saracenic adj. Etymology: ME f. OF sar(r)azin, sar(r)acin f. LL Saracenus f. late Gk Sarakenos perh. f. Arab. sarki eastern

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Saracen Sar"a*cen, n. [L. Saracenus perhaps fr. Ar. sharqi, pl. sharqi[=i]n, Oriental, Eastern, fr. sharaqa to rise, said of the sun: cf. F. sarrasin. Cf. Sarcenet, Sarrasin, Sirocco.] Anciently, an Arab; later, a Mussulman; in the Middle Ages, the common term among Christians in Europe for a Mohammedan hostile to the crusaders. Saracens' consound (Bot.), a kind of ragwort (Senecio Saracenicus), anciently used to heal wounds.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Arabian, Arab. 2. Mussulman, Mahometan.




 


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