Sa·​mar·​i·​tan | \ sə-ˈmer-ə-tən How to pronounce Samaritan (audio) \

Definition of Samaritan

1 : a native or inhabitant of Samaria
2 [from the parable of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:30–37] : a person who is generous in helping those in distress

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Other Words from Samaritan

samaritan adjective, often capitalized

Examples of Samaritan in a Sentence

A Samaritan called a tow truck for us.

First Known Use of Samaritan

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Samaritan

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin samaritanus, noun & adjective, from Greek samaritēs inhabitant of Samaria, from Samaria

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The first known use of Samaritan was before the 12th century

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“Samaritan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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