Definition of Orphean in US English:

Orphean

adjective

Greek Mythology
  • 1Relating to or characteristic of the poet Orpheus, especially in being melodious or entrancing.

    ‘they were entranced by the Orphean skill he displayed’
    • ‘He recognises the mythical, Orphean role that poetry has played in our national conscience and the sense of identity.’
    • ‘George seems never to have had the potential to be an Orphean poet.’
    • ‘His soul engross'd th' Monopoly of Arts, And thy Orphæan skill could ravish Hearts.’
    1. 1.1 Resembling or reminiscent of Orpheus' journey into the underworld.
      ‘an Orphean journey into a kind of underworld of sin’
      • ‘The final section contains a series of poems recalling, sometimes more through title than progression, the Orphean myth.’
      • ‘As he retraces his footsteps on his Orphean journey with Mizuki by his side, a tapestry of human experience unfurls.’
      • ‘As the film's Orphean tale unfolds, a young writer-poet-musician descends into the absinthe-soaked, decadent underworld (Montmartre) in search of ideal love.’

Pronunciation

Orphean

/ˈɔrfiən//ˈôrfēən/