Definition of Sabian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈseɪbɪən/


Relating to a non-Muslim sect classed in the Koran with Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians as having a faith revealed by the true God. It is not known who the original Sabians were, but the name was adopted by some groups in order to give themselves legitimacy as People of the Book.
Example sentences
  • Al-Battani, unlike Thabit, was not a believer in the Sabian religion, however, for ‘Abu Allah Mohammad’ indicates that he was certainly a Muslim.
  • ‘It is clear from this case and from other recent judgements that the plight of Sabian Mandaeans and the persecution they face in Iran because of their beliefs has not been properly taken into account by the tribunal,’ he said.
  • Thabit ibn Qurra was a notable 9th century sage, a native of Harran and a member of the dedicated star worshippers of the Sabian sect.


A member of the Sabians.
Example sentences
  • Suha Turaihi, an intellectual in Baghdad, said she was reading a book about Sabians, an ancient religion of Mesopotamia that dates to hundreds of years before Christ and still exists…
  • We read in the Koran: ‘Those who believe, and the Jews, the Christians, and the Sabians - any who believe in God and the Last Day, and act righteously shall have their reward with their Lord.’
  • He was, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, a Sabian and not a Muslim.


Early 17th century: from Arabic ṣābi' + -an.

Words that rhyme with Sabian

Arabian, Bessarabian, Fabian, gabion, Swabian

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Line breaks: Sa¦bian

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