Word Origin & History
"pertaining to a people in ancient Italy," late 14c., from L. Sabinus (in poetic L. often Sabellus), connected by Tucker to root *sabh- "combine, gather, unite" (cf. Skt. sabha "gathering of village community," Rus. sebr "neighbor, friend," Goth. sibja, O.H.G. sippa "blood-relationship, peace, alliance,"
O.E. sibb "relationship, peace").