Definition of Circassian in English:


Syllabification: Cir·cas·sian
Pronunciation: /sərˈkaSHən


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


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  • 1A member of the Circassian.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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

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