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Spartan

[spahr-tn] /ˈspɑr tn/
adjective
1.
Also, Spartanic
[spahr-tan-ik] /spɑrˈtæn ɪk/ (Show IPA)
. of or relating to Sparta or its people.
2.
suggestive of the ancient Spartans; sternly disciplined and rigorously simple, frugal, or austere.
3.
brave; undaunted.
noun
4.
a native or inhabitant of Sparta.
5.
a person of Spartan characteristics.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin Spartānus, equivalent to Spart(a) Sparta (< Doric Greek Spártā) + -ānus -an
Related forms
Spartanism, noun
Spartanly, Spartanically, adverb
non-Spartan, adjective, noun
Synonyms
1. See austere.
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British Dictionary definitions for Spartan

Spartan

/ˈspɑːtən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Sparta or its citizens
2.
(sometimes not capital) very strict or austere: a Spartan upbringing
3.
(sometimes not capital) possessing courage and resolve
noun
4.
a citizen of Sparta
5.
(sometimes not capital) a disciplined or brave person
6.
a Canadian variety of eating apple
Derived Forms
Spartanism, noun
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Word Origin and History for Spartan

early 15c., "of or pertaining to the ancient Greek city of Sparta," from Sparta capital of Laconia, famed for severity of its social order, the frugality of its people, the valor of its army, and the brevity of its speech. Meaning "characterized by frugality or courage" is from 1640s.

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