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oppidan

[op-i-duh n] /ˈɒp ɪ dən/
adjective
1.
of a town; urban.
noun
2.
a townsman.
Origin of oppidan
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin oppidānus, equivalent to oppid(um) town + -ānus -an
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  • oppidan, op′i-dan, n. at Eton, a student who is not a foundationer or colleger.

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

    The Bishop's Secret Fergus Hume
  • 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
  • From the absence of his name on the college lists, it may be inferred that he was an oppidan.

British Dictionary definitions for oppidan

oppidan

/ˈɒpɪdən/
adjective
1.
of a town; urban
noun
2.
a person living in a town
Word Origin
C16: from Latin oppidānus, from oppidum town
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