Definition of Doric in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting a classical order of architecture characterized by a sturdy fluted column and a thick square abacus resting on a rounded moulding.

    • ‘A visit to Ohio Statehouse offers you some of the best examples of Doric architecture in the United States.’
    • ‘The temple is rendered in the abbreviated form, usual in vase paintings, consisting of a Doric column and architrave.’
    • ‘In the five-bay principal facade, the doorway framed by a Doric architrave with engaged fluted columns, is considered ‘the best in Kent County.’’
    • ‘They came from the Parthenon, which marks the highest pinnacle of classical Doric architecture.’
    • ‘In addition, tuff blocks were fabricated and installed to form 10 Doric columns in the rounded central chamber, curved beams above the columns, and the central interior dome.’
    • ‘With ornamental cast-iron columns and girders, a gallery and a roof of 80 tons of rough plate glass inside and Doric columns and cornices outside, it was acknowledged as one of the finest market halls in the country.’
    • ‘So far only one temple has been partly reconstructed, its fluted Doric columns bearing witness to Selinunte's scale.’
    • ‘Yet here and there could still be observed the unmistakable Krellan style architecture, with white stone buildings fronted by noble Doric columns and covered with peaked tiled roofs of red clay.’
    • ‘However, the arrangement of the offices is clearly indicated on the façades by a series of entrances marked by Doric columns and piers.’
    • ‘Stone steps lead to the front door with overhead fan window and Doric columns to each side.’
    • ‘Its most prominent feature is a projecting central pavilion with a pediment and four Doric columns.’
    • ‘There's the Parthenon, built in 446 B.C., with its colonnade of Doric columns extending around the periphery of the entire structure.’
    • ‘In winter Harbin becomes an ice city of pagodas, spaceships, statues, with an ice reproduction of bits of St Petersburg, an orthodox onion-domed church, rows of Doric columns, the Great Wall and a lot more.’
    • ‘The former asylum opened in 1816 is a stately quadrangular building of stone with pillars of the Doric order.’
    • ‘It contrasts the formal Doric columns of the front porch with the informal shingled supports for the side porch.’
    • ‘Fresh from their studies of Doric ruins, Swedish architects tried to forcibly apply the ancient Mediterranean heritage to the Baltic Sea.’
    • ‘Work out for yourself the differences between Corinthian, Ionic and Doric orders.’
    • ‘It is like being given a Doric column and asked to incorporate it into every building!’
    • ‘In the drawing for the full composition, the personification of architecture holds a model of a structure with Doric columns.’
    • ‘The doorway is set off by fluted Doric pilasters; the pediment is decorated with dentil molding appropriate to the order, and on the tympanum is an eight-pointed star similar to inlays found on period furniture.’
  • 2Relating to the ancient Greek dialect of the Dorians.

    • ‘Theocritus wrote in the Doric dialect, and the difficulties this produced for his readers led to his comparative neglect during the Renaissance.’
    • ‘It may well be that the style and Doric dialect of the pseudo-Pythagorean writings were also based on the model of Archytas' genuine writings.’
    • ‘It is unclear whether Alcmaeon wrote in the Doric dialect of Croton or in the Ionic Greek of the first Presocratics.’
    1. 2.1archaic (of a dialect) broad; rustic.
      • ‘The great granite slabs of prose, the thick Doric dialect, the rugged rural setting, the sprawling plot: it's a prospect as forbidding as the north face of the Eiger.’


mass noun
  • 1The Doric order of architecture.

    • ‘This famous building, originally painted in gold, red and blue, achieves the classical Greek sense of harmony and illustrates the three orders of Greek columns: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian.’
    • ‘These are orders taken from temple architecture; they are placed appropriately with the strong, plain Doric at the bottom, then the lighter Ionic, followed by the elegant Corinthian and perhaps at the top a Composite.’
  • 2The ancient Greek dialect of the Dorians.

    • ‘His language is Sicilian Doric, and is as colourful and sophisticated as that of Old Comedy; he uses a variety of metres kata stichon, but there are no lyrics among the extant fragments.’
    1. 2.1 A broad or rustic dialect, especially the dialect spoken in the north-east of Scotland.
      • ‘Though written in Doric, both were huge bestsellers in America.’
      • ‘My great-grandparents spoke it and called it Scottish Doric.’
      • ‘The Doric is a beautiful, cheeky, evocative language that sums up so much of the Scottish character.’
      • ‘She still speaks Doric and recently she's even taken up playing the great Highland pipes in an effort to rediscover the riches of Scotland's indigenous music.’
      • ‘The truth is that Doric is simply in speech the vernacular and in writing the demotic.’


Via Latin from Greek Dōrikos, from Dōrios (see Dorian).