From Old French sarrazin, from Late Latin Saracenus, from Ancient Greek Σαρακηνός (Sarakēnós), which may be from Arabic شَرْقِيِّين (šarqiyyin, “easterners”), though the Oxford English Dictionary disputes this.(Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)
Saracen (plural Saracens)
- A member of a nomadic people from the Sinai near the Roman province of Arabia in the early centuries CE, who were specifically distinct from Arabs.
- (dated) A Muslim, especially one involved in the Crusades.
- (dated) A pirate in the Mediterranean.
- A type of six-wheeled armoured personnel carrier.
- Saracen in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “Saracen”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
- “Saracen”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- “Saracen” in TheFreeDictionary.com, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.: Farlex, Inc., 2003–2021.
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