Saracen


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Sar·a·cen

 (săr′ə-sən)
n.
1. A member of a pre-Islamic nomadic people of the Syrian and Arabian Deserts.
2. A Muslim, especially of the time of the Crusades.

[Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin Saracēnus, from Late Greek Sarakēnos, ultimately from Arabic šarq, east, sunrise; see śrq in Semitic roots.]

Sar′a·cen′ic (-sĕn′ĭk) adj.

Saracen

(ˈsærəsən)
n
1. (Historical Terms) history a member of one of the nomadic Arabic tribes, esp of the Syrian desert, that harassed the borders of the Roman Empire in that region
2. (Peoples)
a. a Muslim, esp one who opposed the crusades
b. (in later use) any Arab
adj
3. (Peoples) of or relating to Arabs of either of these periods, regions, or types
4. (Art Terms) designating, characterizing, or relating to Muslim art or architecture
[C13: from Old French Sarrazin, from Late Latin Saracēnus, from Late Greek Sarakēnos, perhaps from Arabic sharq sunrise, from shāraqa to rise]
Saracenic, ˌSaraˈcenical adj

Sar•a•cen

(ˈsær ə sən)

n.
any of the Muslim opponents of the Crusaders in the Middle Ages.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English < Medieval Latin Saracēnus < Late Greek Sarakēnós Arab]
Sar`a•cen′ic (-ˈsɛn ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Saracen - (historically) a member of the nomadic people of the Syrian and Arabian deserts at the time of the Roman EmpireSaracen - (historically) a member of the nomadic people of the Syrian and Arabian deserts at the time of the Roman Empire
history - the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; "he teaches Medieval history"; "history takes the long view"
nomad - a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons
2.Saracen - (when used broadly) any Arab
Arab, Arabian - a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa
3.Saracen - (historically) a Muslim who opposed the Crusades
history - the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; "he teaches Medieval history"; "history takes the long view"
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
Translations

Saracen

[ˈsærəsn]
A. ADJsarraceno
B. Nsarraceno/a m/f

Saracen

adjsarazenisch, Sarazenen-
nSarazene m, → Sarazenin f

Saracen

[ˈsærəsn] n (History) → saraceno/a
References in classic literature ?
They were of Saracen origin, and consequently of Arabian descent; and their fine slender limbs, small fetlocks, thin manes, and easy springy motion, formed a marked contrast with the large-jointed heavy horsastic vows.
the Saracen head of your right reverend companion has frightened out of mine the way home I am not sure I shall get there to-night myself.
Each of them bore at his saddle-bow a bundle of darts or javelins, about four feet in length, having sharp steel heads, a weapon much in use among the Saracens, and of which the memory is yet preserved in the martial exercise called El Jerrid, still practised in the Eastern countries.
This reverend brother has been all his life engaged in fighting among the Saracens for the recovery of the Holy Sepulchre; he is of the order of Knights Templars, whom you may have heard of; he is half a monk, half a soldier.
The Saracens captured and pillaged Genoa nine hundred years ago, but during the following century Genoa and Pisa entered into an offensive and defensive alliance and besieged the Saracen colonies in Sardinia and the Balearic Isles with an obstinacy that maintained its pristine vigor and held to its purpose for forty long years.
Meanwhile, the captain, swearing like a Saracen, hastened to "make the sun shine in a crown" as saith our admirable Régnier.
absently pulled at his forelock some hours after a Saracen scimitar
For hundred of year the Byzantine Empire stood as a barrier against the Saracen hosts of Asia.
A nation of men unanimously bent on freedom or conquest can easily confound the arithmetic of statists, and achieve extravagant actions, out of all proportion to their means; as the Greeks, the Saracens, the Swiss, the Americans, and the French have done.
within me, to be great admiral of France - and then to go and get killed at Gigelli, among all those Turks, Saracens, and Moors.
First in time, perhaps, come those which are derived from the earlier French epics and in which love, if it appears at all, is subordinated to the military exploits of Charlemagne and his twelve peers in their wars against the Saracens.
And Simon Ockley's History of the Saracens recounts the prodigies of individual valor, with admiration all the more evident on the part of the narrator that he seems to think that his place in Christian Oxford requires of him some proper protestations of abhorrence.