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1A native or inhabitant of Ragusa (Dubrovnik). Now historical.
2An extinct dialect of the Romance language Dalmatian, formerly used by natives of Ragusa.
Of or relating to Ragusa, especially to the former Republic of Ragusa (1400–1808). Now chiefly historical.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Washington (fl. 1585). From Ragusa, a historical name (originally in Italian) of the city of Dubrovnik and the surrounding province on the east coast of the Adriatic + -an. Compare post-classical Latin Ragusanus.
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