San

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

As synonym of Bushmen introduced in modern ethnology from the 1960s, from Nama saan (singular saa), via back-formation from the compound Khoisan. Occasional citation as the Nama term for "Bushmen" from the 1880s.

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San (uncountable) (plurale tantum)

  1. Any of the foraging non-Bantu ethnic groups of southwestern Africa.

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Usage notes[edit]

San is the plural form, used for the group collectively. Individuals are referred to as "a San man", "a San woman" etc., although when referring to individuals, reference to their specific nation is preferable (as in, "a !Kung man" etc.). San became popular in 1970s western anthropology as a politically correct replacement for "Bushmen", which was perceived as outdated. However, it turned out that San was a derogatory term for "foragers" used by the pastoralist Khoikhoi, while "Bushman" carried no derogatory connotations, so that experts who had been in actual contact with the group recommended the continued use of "Bushmen" (Henry Harpending). By the 2000s, it was reported that "San" had mostly lost its derogatory connotations in South Africa and was partly embraced as self-designation while it continued to be perceived as an insult in parts of the central Kalahari in Namibia.

Etymology 2[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

San

  1. A river in southeastern Poland and western Ukraine.
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Asturian[edit]

Noun[edit]

San m

  1. Saint (title given to a saint)

Catalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

San m

  1. Saint (title given to a saint)

Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French saint, from Latin sanctus (holy).

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Noun[edit]

San (indeclinable)

  1. (Christianity) Saint (title)
    Synonyms: Naomh
    San DoiminicSt. Dominic
    San CaitríonaSt. Catherine
    San NioclásSt. Nicholas, Santa Claus

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

San m, f

  1. A form of Santo or Santa

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

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Proper noun[edit]

San m

  1. San (river)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Shortened from santo.

Adjective[edit]

San

  1. Saint (title)

Turkish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

San

  1. A male given name