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Circassian

Line breaks: Cir¦cas|sian
Pronunciation: /səːˈkasɪən
 
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Definition of Circassian in English:

noun

1A member of a group of mainly Sunni Muslim peoples of the NW Caucasus.
Example sentences
  • Arabs represented 98 percent of the population, Circassians one percent, and Armenians one percent.
  • While the Druze and the Circassians were made to serve in the armed forces, Muslims and Christians were not allowed to do so.
  • Among the resisters were the Circassians in the west and the Chechens and Dagestanis in the east, all Muslims.
2 [mass noun] Either of two North Caucasian languages of the Circassians, Adyghe and Kabardian. Also called Cherkess.
Example sentences
  • Kurdish, Armenian, and Circassian also are spoken.
  • They learn Hebrew, English and Circassian at school.
  • Even in Turkey the younger generation still speak Circassian - albeit only poorly, as a second language.

adjective

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Relating to the Circassians or their language.
Example sentences
  • When he built this hotel in 1912 he filled it with Austrian crystal chandeliers, Circassian walnut paneling, and an Italian marble staircase and floors.
  • It set off her golden eyes, and her very light blond hair, a legacy of her Circassian ancestors.
  • Special seats were set aside in parliament for Christian, Chechen, Circassian, and Bedouin minorities.

Origin

from Circassia, Latinized form of Russian Cherkes, denoting a district in the northern Caucasus.

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