Definition of Circassian in English:

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Circassian

Pronunciation: /ˌsərˈkaSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˌsərˈkasēən/

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

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Cir·cas·sian

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