- of or relating to Phrygia, its people, or their language.
- a native or inhabitant of Phrygia.
- an Indo-European language that was the language of Phrygia.
Origin of Phrygian
Examples from the Web for phrygian
But whether or not the Phrygian Faun was silent, I cannot be.De Profundis
The hood resting on the edge of her chignon formed a kind of Phrygian cap.The Fortune of the Rougons
Quite the reverse, he replied; and if so the Dorian and the Phrygian are the only ones which you have left.
And these, he replied, are the Dorian and Phrygian harmonies of which I was just now speaking.
The pride of the Hellene is further humbled, by being compared to a Phrygian or Lydian.Statesman
- of or relating to ancient Phrygia, its inhabitants, or their extinct language
- music of or relating to an authentic mode represented by the natural diatonic scale from E to ESee Hypo-
- music (of a cadence) denoting a progression that leads a piece of music out of the major key and ends on the dominant chord of the relative minor key
- a native or inhabitant of ancient Phrygia
- an ancient language of Phrygia, belonging to the Thraco-Phrygian branch of the Indo-European family: recorded in a few inscriptions
Word Origin and History for phrygian
late 15c., "native of Phrygia," region in ancient Asia Minor; Phrygian mode in ancient Greek music theory was held to be "of a warlike character." Phrygian cap (1796) was the type adopted by freed slaves in Roman times, and subsequently identified as the cap of Liberty.