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Alexandrian

[al-ig-zan-dree-uh n, -zahn-] /ˌæl ɪgˈzæn dri ən, -ˈzɑn-/
adjective
1.
of Alexandria, especially Alexandria, Egypt.
2.
of or relating to the schools of philosophy, literature, and science in ancient Alexandria.
noun
4.
a native or inhabitant of Alexandria, especially Alexandria, Egypt.
Origin of Alexandrian
1575-1585
First recorded in 1575-85; Alexandri(a) + -an
Related forms
non-Alexandrian, adjective
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  • On the other hand, Mr. Grote trusts mainly to the Alexandrian Canon.

    Charmides Plato
  • It was evident that he shared our host's liking for the fresh Alexandrian cigarettes.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Alexandrian school of medicine had done some fine work in its time.

  • She was the bright star, the soft moon of the Alexandrian sky.

    Thais Anatole France
  • The Alexandrian was the most valued, as approaching the nearest to ultramarine.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The Alexandrian school, however, was by far the most important.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • Last time they overran this country they burned the Alexandrian library.

    A Desert Drama A. Conan Doyle
  • Many of the Alexandrian Jews had high rank in the army of Anthony.

    For the Temple G. A. Henty
  • So long as the Alexandrian remains, he will scarcely leave her, or Myrtilus either.

    Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for Alexandrian

Alexandrian

/ˌælɪɡˈzændrɪən; -ˈzɑːn-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Alexander the Great
2.
of or relating to Alexandria in Egypt
3.
relating to the Hellenistic philosophical, literary, and scientific ideas that flourished in Alexandria in the last three centuries bc
4.
(of writers, literary works, etc) erudite and imitative rather than original or creative
noun
5.
a native or inhabitant of Alexandria
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