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.
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 distinguished 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.
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