• A native, or inhabitant of Samaria; especially one practising the religious traditions originating in that region.
  • A charitable person, one who helps others (from the Bible story in Luke 10:30–37).
  • A person who works for the Samaritans telephone helpline, taking calls from suicidal members of the public.


  • Of, or relating to Samaria or Samaritans.

Proper Noun

  • The ancient language of Samaria: a dialect of Hebrew.


  • From Latin Samarītānus, from Ancient Greek Σαμαρείτης, from Σαμαρεία, derived from Biblical Hebrew שֹׁמְרוֹנִים and שֹׁמְרוֹן respectively. Attested in Old English.

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