Definition of Rhodian in US English:



  • A native or inhabitant of Rhodes, an island in the Aegean Sea off the south-west coast of Turkey.


  • 1Of or relating to the order of the Knights Hospitallers based on the island of Rhodes.

  • 2Of, relating to, or inhabiting the island of Rhodes.

  • 3"Rhodian law": a collection of Byzantine laws, probably compiled in the 7th or 8th centuries a.d., regulating life at sea.

  • 4Historical. Designating rhetoric or a rhetorical style characteristic of the ancient Rhodian school of oratory, regarded as being the middle way between the elaborate rhetoric of the Asiatic school and the restraint of the Attic.

  • 5Designating a type of late Iznik ware pottery characterized by brilliant (especially red) pigments and an expanded colour range.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in Boccaccio's De Claris Mulieribus. From classical Latin Rhodius (also Rodius) of or belonging to Rhodes, Rhodian, designating a rhetorical style, (noun) inhabitant of Rhodes (from ancient Greek Ῥόδιος of or from Rhodes from Ῥόδος (classical Latin Rhodos, Rhodus (also Rodos, Rodus)) the name of Rhodes, an island in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Lycia (in Asia Minor) with a capital of the same name + -ιος, suffix forming adjectives) + -an.