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[ser-kash-uh n, -ee-uh n] /sərˈkæʃ ən, -i ən/
a native or inhabitant of Circassia.
a group of North Caucasian languages, including Kabardian.
a literary language based on the western dialects of the Circassian group.
of or relating to Circassia, its inhabitants, often with respect to their legendary beauty, or their language.
Origin of Circassian
1545-55; < Medieval Latin or New Latin Circassi(a) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Girls are brought to them and warranted virgins on the words of a Circassian.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • Is the Keats picture to be more important than The Circassian?

  • In affinity with the Circassians are the Abases, who speak a dialect akin to Circassian.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • He doffed his Circassian cap to his master and looked at him scornfully.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The people are mostly of fair complexion, and the women are certainly very fine looking, of the Circassian type.

    Ten Years in India W.J.D. Gould
  • Of a sudden the wind lulled, and the Circassian righted from her careen.

  • She was a Circassian, one of the fairest of her race, and had just arrived at Constantinople.

  • As a wife she is faithful; for indeed the jealousy of a Circassian husband is not to be endured.

    Life of Schamyl John Milton Mackie
British Dictionary definitions for Circassian


a native of Circassia
a language or languages spoken in Circassia, belonging to the North-West Caucasian family See also Adygei, Kabardian
relating to Circassia, its people, or language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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