Definition of Volscian in US English:



  • 1A member of an ancient Italic people who fought the Romans in Latium in the 5th and 4th centuries BC until absorbed into Rome after their final defeat in 304 BC.

    • ‘Coriolanus immediately goes to his old enemy, the Volscian general Aufidius, and offers to attack and conquer Rome on behalf of the Volscians.’
    • ‘References to Romans and their opponents the Volscians have been kept intact, but this is far from a meticulous reproduction of the period.’
  • 2The Italic language of the Volscians.


  • Relating to the Volscians.

    • ‘Despite the lords’ attempts to keep the peace, the Volscian people cry out for Coriolanus' death: two of Aufidius' party fatally stab him and the rest, along with Aufidius, trample his corpse.’
    • ‘Here Aufidius turns against him, accusing him of betraying the Volscian interests, and with the assistance of conspirators of his faction, publicly kills Coriolanus.’
    • ‘Caius Martius, a great Roman warrior, conquers the Volscian city of Corioli, and for this exploit he receives the honorific title ‘Coriolanus.’’


From Latin Volsci (the name of the people) + -an.