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[puh-ley-dee-uh n]
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  1. of or relating to the goddess Athena.
  2. pertaining to wisdom, knowledge, or study.

Origin of Palladian1

1555–65; < Latin Palladi(us) “of Pallas” (< Greek Palládios; see Palladium) + -an


[puh-ley-dee-uh n, -lah-]
  1. pertaining to, introduced by, or in the architectural style of Andrea Palladio.
  1. a disciple of Andrea Palladio, specifically one of the circle of Lord Burlington in 18th-century England.

Origin of Palladian2

First recorded in 1725–35; Palladi(o) + -an
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  • The town was also indebted to him for their hall, a Palladian palace.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Our churches are Gothic, the southern churches are Palladian.

    Loss and Gain

    John Henry Newman

  • These often showed recessed and arched windows, also those of the Palladian type.

  • Now, in each and all these matters the Palladian system conflicts with that of Lévi.

    Devil-Worship in France

    Arthur Edward Waite

  • In the matter of Palladian Masonry, he can tell us only what he has learned from Ricoux.

    Devil-Worship in France

    Arthur Edward Waite

British Dictionary definitions for palladian


  1. denoting, relating to, or having the neoclassical style of architecture created by Palladio
Derived FormsPalladianism, noun

Word Origin

C18: after Andrea Palladio


  1. of or relating to the goddess Pallas Athena
  2. literary wise or learned

Word Origin

C16: from Latin Palladius, from Greek Pallas, an epithet applied to Athena, meaning perhaps ``(spear) brandisher'' or perhaps ``virgin''
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Word Origin and History for palladian



1731, "in the style of Roman architect Andrea Palladio" (1518-1580).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper