Definition of Dorian

1. Noun. A member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks.

Generic synonyms: Greek, Hellene

2. Adjective. Of or relating to the ancient Greek inhabitants of Doris, to their Doric dialect of Greek, or to their culture.
Partainyms: Doris

3. Noun. The ancient Greek inhabitants of Doris who entered Greece from the north about 1100 BC.
Generic synonyms: Citizenry, People

Definition of Dorian

1. a. Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks of Doris; Doric; as, a Dorian fashion.

2. n. A native or inhabitant of Doris in Greece.

Definition of Dorian

1. Adjective. of or relating to the Dorians ¹

2. Noun. a member of the Dorians ¹

3. Proper noun. (Ancient Greek male given name), apparently first used by Oscar Wilde in his novel ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' (1891). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dorian

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Dorello's canal
Dorendorf's sign
Dorian mode
Dorian order
Doric order
Doris Lessing
Doris May Lessing

Literary usage of Dorian

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

1. The Growth and Influence of Classical Greek Poetry: Lectures Delivered in by Richard Claverhouse Jebb (1894)
"The claim of the dorians to the choral lyric The dorian poetry known as dorian is of a differ- choral lyric. ent and ..."

2. The Historical Geography of Europe by Edward Augustus Freeman (1903)
"According to received tra- change* in dition, a number of dorian colonies from Northern Greece were gradually planted in the chief cities of Peloponnesos, ..."

3. Public Organization in Ancient Greece: A Documentary Study by Nicholas F. Jones (1987)
"... Chapter II The dorian Peloponnese An advantage to treating the dorian states of the Greek Homeland as a group is that all are known or can be presumed ..."

4. A Manual of Ancient History, from the Earliest Times to the Fall of the by George Rawlinson (1871)
"(c) The dorian Colonies. These colonies issued from the Péloponnèse during the time that the dorians were gradually conquering it. The bulk of the colonists ..."

5. A Critical History of the Language and Literature of Antient Greece by William Mure (1850)
"Terpander, therefore, according to him, merely improved, without fundamentally altering, the primitive dorian style. Names, however, are but slender proofs ..."

6. American Book Prices Current (1921)
"Author's typewritten MS. of "The Picture of dorian Gray," 13 chapters, 231 leaves, signed at the end in full, each leaf mounted on guard, and hound in lev. ..."

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