Circassian
noun Etymology: Circassia, region of the Caucasus Date: 1555 1. a member of a group of peoples of the northwestern Caucasus 2. the language of the Circassian peoples • Circassian adjective

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  • Circassian — Cir*cas sian, a. Of or pertaining to Circassia, in Asia. n. A native or inhabitant of Circassia. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Circassian — [ser kash′ən, sər kash′ē ən] n. 1. a member of a group of Caucasian peoples of Circassia 2. a person living in Circassia 3. the North Caucasian language spoken in Circassia adj. of Circassia or its people, language, or culture …   English World dictionary

  • Circassian — The term Circassian may refer to: Pertaining to Circassia, a formerly independent mountainous country located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia Circassian Coast, on the Black Sea Circassians or Adyghe people, a term used to designate various… …   Wikipedia

  • Circassian — /seuhr kash euhn, ee euhn/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Circassia. 2. a group of North Caucasian languages, including Kabardian. 3. a literary language based on the western dialects of the Circassian group. adj. 4. of or pertaining to… …   Universalium

  • Circassian — 1. noun a) A North Caucasian language spoken in Adygea (also called Adyghe or West Circassian) or Kabardino Balkaria and Karachay Cherkessia (also called Kabardian or East Circassian), Russia. b) …   Wiktionary

  • Circassian — n. native or resident of Circassia (region in southern Russia) adj. pertaining to the people of Circassia (region in southern Russia); of the Circassian family of Caucasian languages n. family of Caucasian languages …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Circassian — noun 1. a member of the Sunni Muslim people living in northwestern Caucasia • Hypernyms: ↑White, ↑White person, ↑Caucasian • Hyponyms: ↑Abkhaz, ↑Abkhazian, ↑Abkhas, ↑Abkhasian …   Useful english dictionary

  • Circassian — [sə: kasɪən] noun 1》 a member of a group of mainly Sunni Muslim peoples of the NW Caucasus. 2》 either of two North Caucasian languages of the Circassians, Adyghe and Kabardian. adjective relating to the Circassians. Origin from Circassia,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • circassian — cir·cas·sian …   English syllables

  • Circassian — Cir•cas•sian [[t]sərˈkæʃ ən, i ən[/t]] n. 1) peo a member of a group of peoples of the Kuban River basin and NE Caucasus in the Russian Federation 2) peo either or both of the two Caucasian languages spoken by the Circassians 3) peo of or… …   From formal English to slang

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