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[luh-koh-nee-uh] /ləˈkoʊ ni ə/
an ancient country in the S part of Greece.
Capital: Sparta.
a city in central New Hampshire.
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Laconian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • The dialect of the Inachus valley seems to resemble laconian more closely than does that of the rest of the Argolic area.

  • No one, I take it, will dispute the splendour, the perfection of the laconian constitution.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • At the date of Mnasippus's death he chanced to be off Sphagiae in laconian territory.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Or is it on these laconian friends of yours that you pride yourselves?

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Its most valuable paintings and sculptures were conveyed to the laconian capital, and great part of the city destroyed.

  • Some one then asked him, "laconian, what have you gained by your victory?"

  • At this Lysander determined to have an interview with him, and there took place a short and truly laconian dialogue between them.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II Aubrey Stewart & George Long
  • Of the old dialects Doric alone appears to have survived in the Tsaconic of the laconian hills.

    Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane
  • A despatch was captured, written in the laconian fashion, informing the Ephors of the disaster.

  • This was the style of their talk; so that some have well said that philosophy is more truly laconian than gymnastic exercises.

British Dictionary definitions for laconian


a native or inhabitant of Laconia, the ancient Greek country of which Sparta was the capital
of or relating to Laconia or its inhabitants


an ancient country of S Greece, in the SE Peloponnese, of which Sparta was the capital: corresponds to the present-day department of Lakonia
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