Definition of Lydian

1. Noun. An Anatolian language.

Generic synonyms: Anatolian, Anatolian Language

Definition of Lydian

1. a. Of or pertaining to Lydia, a country of Asia Minor, or to its inhabitants; hence, soft; effeminate; -- said especially of one of the ancient Greek modes or keys, the music in which was of a soft, pathetic, or voluptuous character.

Definition of Lydian

1. Noun. A native or inhabitant of ancient Lydia. ¹

2. Proper noun. An extinct Indo-European language in the Anatolian subgroup. ¹

3. Adjective. Pertaining to Lydia, or its people, language or culture. ¹

4. Adjective. (music) Designating a mode of ancient Greek music, reputed to be light and effeminate. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lydian

Lycopodium selago
Lycopus americanus
Lycopus europaeus
Lycopus virginicus
Lycosa tarentula
Lycra lout
Lydia Kamekeha Paki Liliuokalani
Lydian (current term)
Lydian mode
Lyell's disease
Lyell's syndrome
Lygodium microphyllum
Lygodium palmatum
Lygus lineolaris
Lyman's law

Literary usage of Lydian

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Republic of Plato by Plato, James Adam (1902)
"... under another name ; but the name Mixo-Lydian seems rather to point to a compromise between two distinct modes, one of which was ..."

2. Greece: II. Grecian History to the Reign of Peisistratus at Athens by George Grote (1899)
"... as the Phrygian music was; to which it was very analogous, both in instruments and in character, though the Lydian mode was considered by the ..."

3. Ilios: The City and Country of the Trojans: the Results of Researches and by Heinrich Schliemann (1880)
"... we think it likely that there may have been a Lydian settlement on Hissarlik contemporary with the colonization of Etruria by the Lydians, ..."

4. The Greeks and the Persians by George William Cox (1886)
"Into the vast empire ruled by the lord of these Aryan tribes there was now to be absorbed that great Lydian kingdom to the west of the river Halys, ..."

5. History of Art in Phrygia, Lydia, Caria, and Lycia by Georges Perrot, Charles Chipiez (1892)
"If these trinkets are from the hand of a Lydian, they must have been wrought ... The heads of the animals adorning them recall those on Lydian coins of the ..."

6. The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise by Henry Smith Williams (1904)
"<* iA PICTURE OF LIFE IN LYDIA One would like to know more of Sardis, that glorious capital of the Lydian state, that strange city which was the ..."

7. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (Great Britain) (1839)
"The lowest of these was called the Dorian, the highest the Lydian, ... Thus the Lydian mode was followed by the Hyper-Dorian, the Hyper-Ionian, &c., ..."

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