Definition of Sardinian in US English:



  • Relating to Sardinia, its people, or their language.

    • ‘A genetic database of 4000 people from the Sardinian villages of Perdasdefogu and Talana is already being compiled to search for the genetic origins of heart disease, asthma and depression.’
    • ‘The ten large bedrooms are all furnished in an antique Sardinian style, again with furniture from the Montiferru region.’
    • ‘It will largely be set in Sardinia where the teenage Bond runs into a group of Sardinian bandits and a mad Italian count who is trying to restore the Holy Roman Empire.’
    • ‘The Sardinian interior is beautiful: white rocks and dark green vegetation.’
    • ‘You can't fail to find an exquisite place to eat in Pisa, everything from Tuscan and Sardinian specialities at Il Nuraghe, to dishes elsewhere that even the chef is not sure of!’
    • ‘I swear the minute we entered Sardinian airspace a little man in a crisp, white suit raced down the beach shouting: ‘Boss, a plane.’’
    • ‘If Occitan music is the sound of heaven, then Sardinian music is the sound of the earth.’
    • ‘A Sardinian speciality is a large type of ravioli, around five to six centimetres square, with various fillings such as egg and chopped mint, or mashed potato and soft cheese.’
    • ‘We chatted to him through the evening, catching up on his news, and at the end of our meal, he came over and served us - on the house - an authentic Sardinian liqueur, made of lemon.’
    • ‘The service at this four-star hotel is very friendly and personal despite the size; all the rooms feature all mod cons and are decorated with a nod to typical Sardinian style, albeit in a homogenous way.’
    • ‘North west of Oristano at Santa Cristina, disconcertingly close to the superstrada, are reminders of Sardinian life 3,500 years ago.’
    • ‘Proud Sardinian producers already are taking steps to preserve their newly discovered heritage.’
    • ‘The foursome downed four courses of Arcodoro's famous Sardinian food during the three-hour repast.’
    • ‘Mind you, it is still possible to spot the odd royal sipping Campari and soda at one of the quayside restaurants in Porto Cervo, the main town on this part of the Sardinian coast and a magnet for the super-rich.’
    • ‘But you'd have to be pretty hard-hearted to hold that against this quirky, individual and cosy four-star Sardinian hotel.’
    • ‘Sicilian food is nothing like the food of Tuscany, while Sardinian cooking is a million miles away from the cuisine of Emilia Romagna.’
    • ‘When this proved inadequate he responded with a range of reforms limiting police powers, introducing the principle of consultation at local level, strengthening the Council of State, and granting greater Sardinian autonomy.’
    • ‘It's not fast - most models are slower than those they replace - and a day bombing around the Sardinian coastline failed to persuade me that it was fun.’
    • ‘When a cholera outbreak closed the Sardinian border (Nice was not yet part of France), the utilitarian reformer made do with Cannes, building a chateau there for his daughter who died too quickly to enjoy it.’
    • ‘He is a talented young Sardinian chef with the same deep-rooted passion and instinctive feeling for food.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Sardinia.

    • ‘Cast as the recollected observations of a Sardinian who had long ago traveled across Europe and Great Britain (as related to an Englishman), it is, in effect, a disquisition on national character.’
    • ‘A muscly Sardinian, it is gold and orange tinged and delivers a pungent floral nose.’
    • ‘Useless as farmland, next to useless for grazing; and the Sardinians, like many island tribes, never were very keen on fishing.’
    • ‘He eventually left the kitchen and was replaced by a Sardinian who cooked only French food because he believed that ‘Italian food was for peasants’.’
    • ‘However, Inter's players are both injured and the Sardinians are showing strong signs of revival.’
    • ‘He governed Sardinia, expelling usurers and restricting the demands made on the Sardinians for the upkeep of himself and his staff.’
    • ‘It was he who put his faith in him almost ten years ago, when the little Sardinian was a virtual unknown charged with filling the huge boots of one Diego Armando Maradona at Napoli.’
    • ‘This led them to suggest that Sardinians might be, like the Basques, descendants of hunter-gatherers whose genomes were only mildly affected by incoming farmers.’
    • ‘At 36 years old, he is revelling in this Indian summer of a season which has reminded Chelsea's fans, and followers of the Premiership more widely, just how blessed they have been to witness the Sardinian's skill.’
    • ‘But now, like its near neighbour Corsica, the Sardinians have realised that what is good for the stars should also be shared with the rest of us mere mortals!’
    • ‘Scotland is the sixth most homogeneous population in Europe, behind the Lapps, Sardinians, Basques, Icelanders and Finnish.’
    • ‘Robert of Stamfordham was unplaced in the Gouren, but he reached the final of the 100 kg Backhold wrestling where he was beaten by the best of the Sardinians.’
    • ‘For Sardinians, it has just been another example of what they see as mainland prejudice.’
  • 2The Romance language of Sardinia, which has several distinct dialects.

    • ‘Between the 16th and 18th centuries, the first literary texts emerged in Sardinian as part of a purist-inspired bid to develop a cultivated Sardinian language on the basis of the Lugudorian dialect.’
    • ‘Similar examples can also be found in Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Romanian, Sardinian, and Spanish.’