What does the word spartan mean?

Usage examples for spartan

  1. But it so happened that Brasidas, son of Tellis, a Spartan, was in command of a guard for the defence of the district. – The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  2. Heaven is kind, as a noble mother; as that Spartan mother, saying, while she gave her son his shield, 'With it, my son, or upon it, thou, too, shalt return home in honour- to thy far distant home in honour- doubt it not- if in the battle thou keep thy shield! – A Cotswold Village by J. Arthur Gibbs
  3. " You're a Spartan," said her brother in awe, as he looked on that thin, stern face. – Black Jack by Max Brand