[ air-ee-uhn, ar- ]
/ ˈɛər i ən, ˈær- /
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of or relating to Arius or Arianism.


an adherent of Arianism.



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Origin of Arian

1525–35; <Late Latin Ariānus of, pertaining to Arius; see -an

Definition for Arian (2 of 2)


a suffix forming personal nouns corresponding to Latin adjectives ending in -ārius or English adjectives or nouns ending in -ary (librarian; proletarian; Rotarian; seminarian; sexagenarian; veterinarian); subsequently productive in English with other Latinate stems, forming nouns denoting a person who supports, advocates, or practices a doctrine, theory, or set of principles associated with the base word: authoritarian; establishmentarian; totalitarian; vegetarian.

Origin of -arian

<Latin -āri(us) or -ary + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Arian (1 of 2)

/ (ˈɛərɪən) /


of, relating to, or characterizing Arius or Arianism


an adherent of Arianism

adjective, noun

a variant spelling of Aryan

British Dictionary definitions for Arian (2 of 2)


suffix forming nouns

indicating a person or thing that advocates, believes, or is associated with somethingvegetarian; millenarian; librarian
from Latin -ārius -ary + -an
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