Definition of Circassian

1. Noun. A member of the Sunni Muslim people living in northwestern Caucasia.

Group relationships: Caucasia, Caucasus
Generic synonyms: Caucasian, White, White Person
Specialized synonyms: Abkhas, Abkhasian, Abkhaz, Abkhazian

2. Noun. A mostly Sunni Muslim community living in northwestern Caucasia.
Generic synonyms: Community
Specialized synonyms: Abkhas, Abkhaz
Geographical relationships: Caucasia, Caucasus

3. Noun. A northern Caucasian language spoken by the Circassian.
Generic synonyms: Caucasian, Caucasian Language
Specialized synonyms: Abkhasian, Abkhazian

Definition of Circassian

1. a. Of or pertaining to Circassia, in Asia.

Definition of Circassian

1. Proper noun. A North Caucasian language group spoken in Circassia in North West Caucasus Russia. ¹

2. Proper noun. Sometimes, used for Adyghe, Kabardian, Ubykh and even Abkhazian languages ¹

3. Noun. A native or inhabitant of Circassia (''historical'') (nowadays shared by Adygea, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia) including Adyghes, Ubykhs, Abkhazs. ¹

4. Adjective. Of or pertaining to Circassia or Circassians ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Circassian

Cineraria maritima
Cinnamomum camphora
Cinnamomum loureirii
Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Circaea alpina
Circaea lutetiana
Circe effect
Circean poison
Circis siliquastrum
Circus Aeruginosus
Circus cyaneus
Circus pygargus

Literary usage of Circassian

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1. Building Construction and Superintendence by Frank Eugene Kidder (1915)
""circassian walnut yields one of the best-known and most expensive ... Botanically, circassian walnut is the same as the so-called 'English walnut ..."

2. The Annual Register edited by Edmund Burke (1837)
"Even the long hair, which we like to see flowing over the bosom and shoulders of a circassian; the veil, which they fold with the art inspired in all ..."

3. Proceedings of the Philological Society by Louis Loewe, Philological Society (Great Britain) (1854)
"Dr. Loewe subsequently resolved to print the second part of the Dictionary— the circassian, English, Turkish—for his own use, and he then allowed the ..."

4. Theatrical and Circus Life: Or, Secrets of the Stage, Green-room and Sawdust by John Joseph Jennings (1882)
"They were as happy as the sweetest of the singing birds until one day the husband allowed his heart to stray off to the circassian girl, who had been ..."

5. The Women of Turkey and Their Folk-lore by Lucy Mary Jane Garnett, John S. Stuart-Glennie (1891)
"circassian WOMEN: THEIR FOLK-POESY—FOLK-TALES. THE distance from original sources of information, and the exceedingly small result of my researches at the ..."

6. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin, and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander William Kinglake (1887)
"The enemy's forced abandonment of the whole circassian coast. Troops left to guard the Straits ; the rest brought back. and perhaps he, still later, ..."

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