Definition of Messenian in US English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of (especially ancient) Messenia, a region in the south-west Peloponnese in Greece, bordered to the east by Laconia.

  • 2The dialect of ancient Greek spoken in Messenia.


  • Of or relating to Messenia, the ancient Messenians, or their dialect.


Early 16th century. From classical Latin Messēnius and ancient Greek Μεσσήνιος of or belonging to Messenia, a native of Messenia (from classical Latin Messēnia, ancient Greek Μεσσηνία, the name of a region in the south-west Peloponnese) + -an.