Main definitions of pian in English

: pian1Pian2

pian1

noun

  • The disease yaws.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Purchas. From French pian from Tupi pi'ã. Compare Guarani pia ‘bubas, granos’.

Pronunciation

pian

/pɪˈan/

Main definitions of pian in English

: pian1Pian2

Pian2

adjective

  • Of or relating to any of the Popes named Pius; specifically of or relating to the pontificate or liturgical reforms of Pope Pius V (1566–72) or the pontificate of Pope Pius X (1903–14).

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Month: an illustrated magazine of literature, science and art. From Pius, use as male forename of classical Latin pius pious, dutiful + -an, originally after the name of Pope Pius V, who introduced a new breviary in 1568, subsequently also after the name of Pius X.

Pronunciation

Pian

/ˈpʌɪən/