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[uh-thee-nee-uh n] /əˈθi ni ən/
pertaining to Athens, Greece.
a native or citizen of Athens, Greece.
Origin of Athenian
1580-90; < Latin Athēni(ēnsis) of Athens + -an; see -ensis
Related forms
pro-Athenian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • This expedition fatally sapped the strength of the Athenian empire.

  • Aristophanes derided all which was serious in the Athenian social system.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Thus, almost automatically, the Delian League converted itself into an Athenian empire.

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  • It does not, however, present the accessories of the Athenian figure.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • But Plato had doubtless a higher purpose than to exhibit Socrates as the rival or superior of the Athenian rhetoricians.

    Phaedrus Plato
  • He condescended, indeed, to play the part of jester to the Athenian tyrant.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • It is said that the Athenian State had in all but 350,000 inhabitants.

    Discourses in America Matthew Arnold
  • An Athenian citizen was not allowed to marry a foreign woman.

British Dictionary definitions for Athenian


a native or inhabitant of Athens
of or relating to Athens
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Word Origin and History for Athenian

Old English Atheniense (plural noun), from Latin Atheniensis, from Athenae (see Athens).

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