Definition of Photian in English:

Photian

adjective

Church History
  • Of or relating to Photius, patriarch of Constantinople. Formerly also, in polemical use: †belonging to, relating to, or designating the Eastern Orthodox churches (obsolete).

noun

Church History
  • A follower or supporter of Photius, especially in his conflicts with Ignatius, his predecessor as Patriarch, who claimed to have been unjustly deposed from the patriarchate. Formerly also: †a member of an Eastern Orthodox Church (obsolete).

Origin

Early 17th century. From post-classical Latin Photianus from Photius (Byzantine Greek Φώτιος), the name of an eminent Byzantine scholar and Patriarch of Constantinople (858–67 and 877–86) + -anus.

Pronunciation

Photian

/ˈfəʊʃ(ə)n/