(noun, adjective)


1. of or relating to or characteristic of Sparta or its people

2. resolute in the face of pain or danger or adversity

- spartan courage

Similar word(s): resolute

3. unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

- a Spartan upbringing

Similar word(s): nonindulgent, strict, severe

4. practicing great self-denial

- a spartan diet

- a spartan existence

Similar word(s): abstemious, ascetic, ascetical, austere

Sentences with spartan as an adjective:

- I went on the retreat to the monastery, thinking I would be sleeping in a spartan cell, only to discover a simple but comfortable bedroom.

- The spartan legionaries vowed to fight to the death.

- After ten years as a fashion designer in the rough-and-tumble Garment District, Eloise left New York for the spartan but serene life of a farmer's wife.


1. a resident of Sparta

Definition categories: person, greek, hellene