Definition of Corinthian in English:



  • 1Belonging or relating to Corinth, especially the ancient city.

    ‘Corinthian vase-painters’
    ‘a Corinthian colony’
    • ‘The style is comparable to that of mid-7th-century Corinthian vase paintings, on some of which the artist has employed a brown wash on human figures to represent flesh tones.’
    • ‘There were also fragments of earlier unglazed Corinthian and Attic lamps of the second to fourth centuries.’
    • ‘He founded Potidaea in N Greece, the only Corinthian colony in the Aegean.’
    • ‘Modern day sportsmen and women have often heard reference to the Corinthian ideals which emerged from the ancient Greek city of Corinth where some of the earliest events were staged.’
    • ‘By the sixth century the buff marl clays, which had characterized Corinthian pottery since the Archaic period, had been abandoned and did not reappear until the eleventh century.’
    • ‘Believing that this referred to his Corinthian parents, Oedipus fled Corinth resolving never to see his supposed father and mother again as long as they lived.’
    • ‘Not far from the ancient theater and stadium of Delphi, Delphi Camp is located on an isolated bay of the Corinthian gulf.’
    • ‘Paul also reminds the Corinthian congregation that it belongs to those in every place who call on the name of the Lord Jesus.’
    • ‘The Corinthian citizen belonged to an oligarchy, a constitution which gave political rights to a narrow property-based citizen body and political power to a still narrower body, with its own legal regulations.’
    • ‘She settled into a life between Athens, the small Corinthian gulf town of Sykia, and Delphi, each site close to her new parents-in-law.’
    • ‘Known to the Greeks as a Corinthian helmet, it was probably tailor-made for one careful owner in an unknown Greek city state in the 7th century BC.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting the most ornate of the classical orders of architecture (used especially by the Romans), characterized by flared capitals with rows of acanthus leaves.
      • ‘The chimney-piece, with its little Corinthian pillars and capitals heavily gilt, recalls that picture of the great Emperor nursing on his knee the sleeping King of Rome, as he looks at a map of the world that he has recently conquered.’
      • ‘A small branch that is pierced by a pair of garden shears and sits atop a classicized wall bracket with Corinthian details suggests a large-winged bird that has just landed.’
      • ‘To that end, the great hall of the church, complete with breathtaking Corinthian columns, stuccoed walls and gold-leaf ceiling, is used for local community events, dances and workshops.’
      • ‘It was built in a style that would not be out of place in Rome or Athens: the ruins had porticoed and pedimented fronts, and were supported by carved Corinthian pillars.’
      • ‘Modelled on St. Peter's basilica in Rome, its façade is defined by Corinthian pilasters and a pediment, with a great central dome towering over them.’
      • ‘Fluted Corinthian pilasters that rise from the chair rail and terminate at Alexis Joseph Mazerolle's frieze delineate the walls of the room.’
      • ‘In two of the examples in New York, single apes and men squat in identical poses in alternation beneath the Corinthian volutes of the capital.’
      • ‘Finally, the finials and Corinthian capitals from the original item were later used on another ‘improved’ piece.’
      • ‘He sat down on a convenient Corinthian capital, first divesting it of its resident goose, and put his lovely head in his hands.’
      • ‘Up to the early fourth century the chronology of Corinthian lamps and of cooking wares and plain wares is based on deposits in which they were associated with datable fine wares and amphoras, as well as with coins.’
      • ‘Walking in, you see the screen in the distance and gradually, as you approach, become aware that it is framed by the building's original Corinthian columns, topped with their ornate leaf capitals.’
      • ‘The new space was panelled throughout, and fluted Corinthian columns and pilasters were added.’
      • ‘The exuberance of Georgian carving is captured in the Corinthian capitals of the fluted column of an Adare cabinet, with its swan-neck pediment, elaborate gilded cartouche and square pawed feet.’
      • ‘The Corinthian style architecture of the red-brick St. Ignatius Cathedral includes two steeples, which can be seen from afar pointing into the sky.’
      • ‘There were Corinthian pillars, Byzantine domes, Gothic towers, Arabic murals and, in the long approach in front, were statues sprinkled about of its garden lawns.’
      • ‘Any room articulated in a full Corinthian order becomes a place of importance and majesty.’
      • ‘Directly above, a massive denticulated cornice formed the base for a circle of Corinthian pilasters.’
      • ‘To see that name incised above bright white Corinthian capitals, against the bright blue American sky was enough to make a slug sing.’
      • ‘The architectural ornament is of that easy and delectable kind which mimics nature: the acanthus leaves of Corinthian capitals, garlands and trophies in the manner of Wren and Grinling Gibbons.’
      • ‘But here he was, seated next to the Queen of England, amid Corinthian columns and gold-enriched pilasters, before a red velvet throne used for the coronation of King Edward VII.’
  • 2Involving the highest standards of amateur sportsmanship.

    ‘a club embodying the Corinthian spirit’
    ‘the game evolved from a purely Corinthian pastime to an internationally recognized entity’
    • ‘Chariots of Fire portrayed an innocent era of Corinthian values, tinged with darkness.’
    • ‘It was slightly discomforting and jarring, especially for a nation clinging to the last vestiges of amateurism and praying for the return of the Corinthian spirit.’
    • ‘With the Olympic Games in Athens overshadowed by recent doping controversies, Paddy believes in the Corinthian spirit.’
    • ‘‘We have always had a special fondness for the fixture because Park still have that flavour of the old days of Corinthian rugby about them,’ says Director of Rugby Michael Harrison.’
    • ‘He had support and no Corinthian defence ahead but it was not to be.’
    • ‘Here in the wilds of Scotland, there were also incidents of note, though none would stir fond memories of Corinthian spirit.’
    • ‘With time running out and his side trailing 12-10, Andy Haden was determined to help the All Blacks win and wasn't going to let Corinthian ideals stop him.’
    • ‘I was swimming in the days of absolute Corinthian amateurism.’


  • 1A native of Corinth.

    • ‘Paul warns that if the Corinthians do not strive to communicate clearly with one another, salvation itself will be lost.’
    • ‘Clearly, his conscience was clean, but he wanted to make sure that the Corinthians understood that he was not a fake.’
    • ‘Paul was not describing one specific act or behaviour as condemning; rather, he was stating that sin had been the identity of the Corinthians in the past.’
    • ‘He had heard stories about how the Corinthians celebrated their Eucharist.’
    • ‘Given this prosperity and openness to the world, it's no surprise that the Corinthians loved a good time.’
    • ‘Paul warns the Corinthians that if they eat and drink in an unworthy manner, they will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.’
    • ‘The Corinthians knew that such an alliance would make war inevitable.’
    • ‘Paul, addressing that factious group of Corinthians, has plenty to say about communal responsibility.’
    • ‘The Corinthians agreed to become involved, partly from hatred toward Corcyra for not acting appropriately toward its mother city.’
    • ‘Paul beseeches the Corinthians to be united in the body of Christ.’
    • ‘Paul called the Corinthians to a Christian identity, to live out their sexuality as part of a community dedicated to God.’
  • 2mass noun The Corinthian order of architecture.

    • ‘Inside, you went through Corinthian-style pillars into a hall with French windows opening onto the back garden.’
    • ‘The opulence of the Corinthian is amply illustrated by the order of the Pantheon, and in all of classical architecture no other element more perfectly captures the balance of formal geometry and sensuous delight.’