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oppidan

[op-i-duh n]
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adjective
  1. of a town; urban.
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noun
  1. a townsman.
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Origin of oppidan

1530–40; < Latin oppidānus, equivalent to oppid(um) town + -ānus -an
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Historical Examples

  • From the absence of his name on the college lists, it may be inferred that he was an Oppidan.

    Henry Fielding: A Memoir

    G. M. Godden

  • But now oppidan life extended beyond these walls; and houses, streets, villas and gardens spread into the plain on all sides.

  • Oppidan, op′i-dan, n. at Eton, a student who is not a foundationer or colleger.

  • On the other hand while 'meridian' and 'quartan' are French, 'publican', 'veteran', and 'oppidan' are Latin.

  • The convivial entertainments of Check nights and Oppidan dinners had already become institutions of a past age.

    Boating

    W. B. Woodgate


British Dictionary definitions for oppidan

oppidan

adjective
  1. of a town; urban
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noun
  1. a person living in a town
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin oppidānus, from oppidum town
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