Definition of Athenian in US English:



  • Relating to ancient or modern Athens or its people.

    • ‘The Athenian mix of culture and commerce was as apparent in art as in architecture.’
    • ‘He came from a family that played a prominent part in Athenian politics.’
    • ‘The statue had once stood in the Athenian market place.’
    • ‘The Athenian king comes over demanding to know what is happening.’
    • ‘A full-size wooden replica of an Athenian temple might be erected in a manorial garden.’
    • ‘We have to remember that Athenian audiences would sit through nine hours of tragic performance.’
    • ‘In the 4th century the Athenian state did not hesitate to commission historical paintings or portraits of living benefactors and allies.’
    • ‘He had little specific control over Athenian foreign and domestic policy.’
    • ‘He was one of the first modern scholars to argue that Athenian rhetoric is valuable precisely because of its connection to democratic government.’
    • ‘She has shown herself to be all that the Athenian society desires her to be.’


  • A native or citizen of Athens.

    • ‘He was the son of an Athenian.’
    • ‘The Athenian believed that the traditional sources of Greek wisdom had become dysfunctional.’
    • ‘I am an Athenian.’
    • ‘An Athenian was always to be admiral of the combined fleet.’
    • ‘Even Alexander the Great had to recompense an Athenian who was robbed on the way to Olympia.’