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A native or inhabitant of ancient or modern Sidon, a city in the south of present-day Lebanon.
Of or relating to Sidon or Sidonians.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Alexander Barclay (c1484–1552), poet and clergyman. From classical Latin Sīdonius (also Sīdōnius) (adjective) of or belonging to Sidon, (noun) native or inhabitant of Sidon (from ancient Greek Σιδόνιος (also Σιδώνιος) (adjective) of or belonging to Sidon, (noun) native or inhabitant of Sidon from Σιδών (Phoenician ṣdn (probably Ṣīdōn), Hebrew Ṣīdōn), the name of a Phoenician city in the south of present-day Lebanon + -ιος, suffix forming adjectives) + -an.
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