An example of a pagan is someone who celebrates the winter solstice as a religious holiday.
Many converted societies transformed their pagan deities into saints.
Origin of pagan
- Middle English from Late Latin pāgānus from Latin country-dweller, civilian from pāgus country, rural district pag- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Recorded in English since c1375. From Latin pÄgÄnus (“rural, rustic"), later "civilian". The meaning "not (Judeo-)Christian" arose in Vulgar Latin, probably from the 4th century. It is unclear whether this usage is derived primarily from the "rustic" or from the "civilian" meaning, which in Roman army jargon meant 'clumsy'. As a self-designation of neopagans attested since 1990.
- From Latin pÄgÄnus (“rustic, rural")
- From Burmese á€•á€¯á€‚á€¶ (pu.gam)