• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sarrasin (Fort) A portcullis, or herse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sarrasin A portcullis: a term probably dating from the Crusades, and retained in use in French, from which English writers have taken it. Also spelled sarasin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sarrasin sär′a-sin a portcullis
    • Sarrasin Also Sar′asin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sarrasine, LL. saracina,. See Saracen


In literature:

Sarrasine was Bouchardon's guest for six years.
"Sarrasine" by Honore de Balzac
In such wise the Sarrasin's devils fear holy men and holy places.
"The Fall Of The Grand Sarrasin" by William J. Ferrar
For he felt well assured that when Captain Sarrasin stepped ashore, Mrs. Sarrasin would be in step with him.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
Their enemies were already reported to be so near the city as Castel-Sarrasin.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
What visions of romance and adventure it brings up, especially when spelled with two r's, so as to be Sarrasins!
"Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Prades (Jean Martin de), French theologian b. Castel-Sarrasin, about 1720.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
Southward over the land the eye wandered over the dim fruit trees that dotted the fields of sarrasin.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
From Castel Sarrasin, once no doubt a stronghold of the Moors, to Montauban we went by train.
"When Love Calls" by Stanley J. Weyman