Share this entry

Share this page

Circassian

Syllabification: Cir·cas·sian
Pronunciation: /ˌsərˈkaSH(ə)n
 
, ˌsərˈkasēən
 
/

Definition of Circassian in English:

adjective

Relating to or denoting a group of mainly Sunni Muslim peoples of the northwest Caucasus.
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.

noun

Back to top  
1A member of the Circassian.
Example sentences
  • The Circassians, who are Muslim, are of Russian origin and generally have fair hair and skin.
  • From 1382 onwards the rulers were mostly Circassians from the Caucasus.
  • The North Caucasus houses Circassians, Turkic peoples, Ossetians, and Chechens; Dagestan alone contains dozens of nationalities.
2Either of two North Caucasian languages of the Circassian.
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with Circassian

Parnassian

Definition of Circassian in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…