- 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 amp; 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 Sarac&emacron;nus, from Late Greek Sarak&emacron;nos, ultimately from Arabic šarq, east, sunrise; see śrq in Semitic roots.