- a member of any of the nomadic tribes of Syria and nearby regions
- any Arab or any Muslim, esp. at the time of the Crusades
Origin of SaracenMiddle English Sarasene from Old French and LL: Old French Sarrazin from Late Latin Saracenus from Late Greek Sarak?nos from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Arabic sharq?y?n, easterners, plural of sharq?, eastern from sharq, east
of the Saracens or their culture
- A member of a pre-Islamic nomadic people of the Syrian and Arabian Deserts.
- A Muslim, especially of the time of the Crusades.
Origin of SaracenMiddle English from Old English from Late Latin Saracēnus from Late Greek Sarakēnos ultimately from Arabic šarq east, sunrise śrq