Definition of Subarian in US English:



  • 1A member of various ancient peoples in a wide area to the north of southern Mesopotamia in the 3rd to the 1st millennia b.c., sometimes identified with the Hurrians or the Assyrians.

  • 2A language of these peoples, attested in cuneiform and sometimes identified with Hurrian.


  • Of or relating to the Subarians or their language.


1920s. From subar- (in Akkadian Subarū, Subartu, Subartum, also Šubari'um, Šubarū, Šubartu) + -ian; compare Sumerian Subir, Subur. In some forms perhaps after German Subaräer, noun; compare -ean.