Definition of Carthaginian in US English:



  • Relating to or characteristic of the ancient African city of Carthage.

    ‘Carthaginian trading posts’
    • ‘The Iberians played a large role in the campaigns of the great Carthaginian general, Hannibal Barca, both as allies and opponents.’
    • ‘Dido, the Carthaginian queen, offered hospitality to the Trojans.’
    • ‘The Romans were not particularly good sailors, and they found themselves outclassed by the Carthaginian navy.’
    • ‘However, at no period did Carthaginian wine figure prominently in trade.’
    • ‘Ibiza was a Carthaginian colony and the ceramic figures from this period are magnificent.’
    • ‘All 3 had some Berber blood which was likely intermixed with Roman, Phoenecian, Carthaginian, Macedonian, etc.’


  • An inhabitant of the ancient African city of Carthage.

    ‘a Carthaginian had sailed out of the Mediterranean deep into the Atlantic’
    • ‘Hannibal Barca, the Carthaginian, has been noted to have felt a form of status anxiety and insecurity when put next to Alexander.’
    • ‘He then moved to claim Sicily's Greek colonies from the Carthaginians.’
    • ‘The Huns were barbarians, but the Carthaginians certainly were not.’
    • ‘Virgil compares the working Carthaginians to a hive of busy bees.’
    • ‘So the Senate sent both consuls north to meet the Carthaginian.’
    • ‘But his strategy of avoiding battle with Hannibal and the Carthaginians helped turn the tide in the Second Punic War.’