Definition of spartan adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈspɑːtn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɑːrtn//
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(of conditions) simple or severe; lacking anything that makes life easier or more pleasant the spartan life of the training camp The hotel room was somewhat spartan. opposite luxurious Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Spartan, because the inhabitants of Sparta were traditionally held to be indifferent to comfort or luxury.
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