Definition of Grecian in English:

Grecian

adjective

  • Relating to ancient Greece, especially its architecture.

    • ‘Leaping copper flames, which have been gilded to reflect the sun's light with a fiery glow, crown the impressive structure, resting on a ten-foot Grecian tripod at the top of the column.’
    • ‘Besides, there are hairpins in delicate gold, silver, and bronze with motifs of peacock, swan and deer, inspired by Grecian designs.’
    • ‘Of course, there is nothing new about associating art with immortality: Shakespeare's sonnets do so repeatedly, Donne imagines a poem as a funeral urn, and Keats sees a Grecian urn as an image of art's everlastingness.’
    • ‘All of the great Grecian playwrights - Sophocles, Euripedes, Aristophenes - dealt with the women's issue.’
    • ‘Eros, the ancient Greek god of love, also emerged from the water and floated above a parade of human figures that brought to life the images found on centuries-old Grecian frescoes, mosaics and paintings.’
    • ‘Another said, ‘It is far from a good design - the elevation shows columns, architraves, a pediment as though it were a stone building in the Grecian style - instead being but wood.’’
    • ‘A trip to Turkey is a romantic experience in which one finds the past everywhere to be savoured: awe-inspiring mosques, Grecian amphitheatres, statues, and a subterranean city.’
    • ‘It was ancient Grecian symbols again, and after spending an hour trying to ‘decode’ that door, she actually understood some of it.’
    • ‘Caesarian births have been a part of human culture since ancient times, and numerous references appear in ancient Hindu, Egyptian, Grecian and Roman mythologies.’
    • ‘In Grecian times bracelets were popular with men and soldiers wore defensive bands of leather, often decorated with gold, silver and or gemstones, on their forearms.’
    • ‘The main map is painted with a palette believed to be common to that found on Grecian urns and is configured very similar to Mare Nostrum.’
    • ‘Isadora Duncan shocked audiences at the turn of the 20th century by baring her body in dances as free-flowing as her tunics - attire and movement both inspired by the prancing figures on ancient Grecian vases.’
    • ‘In the fourth century BC, temples of healing, venerating the god Asclepias were erected all over the Grecian world from Epidaurus to Tricca, from Pergamon to Corinth.’
    • ‘During 800 BC Alexander the Great conquered the Grecian Empire of city-states and Greece became part of the Macedonian Empire.’
    • ‘The urn rests on a 10 ft Grecian tripod, on top of the Grade One listed column, which is one of the first things the 200,000 visitors a year see as they approach the North Yorkshire stately home.’
    • ‘Secondly, since the terms ‘gay’ and ‘homosexual’ did not actually exist in ancient Grecian society, it is therefore impossible to label Alexander's sexuality under such terms.’
    ancient greek, hellenic, attic
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French grecien, from Latin Graecia ‘Greece’.

Pronunciation

Grecian

/ˈɡriːʃ(ə)n/