Definition of Paphian in US English:

Paphian

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Paphos.

  • 2Chiefly literary. A prostitute.

adjective

  • 1Literary. Of or relating to love and sexual desire; especially of, relating to, or engaging in illicit sexual acts, prostitution, etc.

  • 2Of or relating to Paphos in Cyprus, a city believed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite or Venus and formerly sacred to her. Frequently in "Paphian Goddess", "Paphian Queen".

Origin

Late 15th century. From classical Latin Paphius of or associated with Paphos, of or associated with Venus (from Paphos (ancient Greek Πάϕος), the name of a city in Cyprus believed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite or Venus and formerly sacred to her + -ius, suffix forming adjectives) + -an.

Pronunciation

Paphian

/ˈpeɪfɪən/