Definition of Phocaean in English:

Phocaean

noun

Ancient Greek History
  • A native or inhabitant of the ancient city of Phocaea, the northernmost of the Ionian Greek settlements on the western coast of Asia Minor, originally founded by emigrants from Phocis.

adjective

Ancient Greek History
  • Of or relating to Phocaea or its inhabitants.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin Phōcaea (ancient Greek Φώκαια), the name of Phocaea, an ancient city in Asia Minor + -an. Compare Middle French Phocean.

Pronunciation

Phocaean

/fəʊˈsiːən/