[al-ig-zan-dree-uh n, -zahn-]


of Alexandria, especially Alexandria, Egypt.
of or relating to the schools of philosophy, literature, and science in ancient Alexandria.


a native or inhabitant of Alexandria, especially Alexandria, Egypt.

Origin of Alexandrian

First recorded in 1575–85; Alexandri(a) + -an
Related formsnon-Al·ex·an·dri·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alexandrian

Contemporary Examples of alexandrian

  • Goddio told me that last week the visibility in the Alexandrian harbor was about 27 inches.

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    Stacy Schiff

    June 3, 2010

Historical Examples of alexandrian

  • On the other hand, Mr. Grote trusts mainly to the Alexandrian Canon.

  • It was evident that he shared our host's liking for the fresh Alexandrian cigarettes.

  • The Alexandrian school of medicine had done some fine work in its time.

  • She was the bright star, the soft moon of the Alexandrian sky.


    Anatole France

  • The Alexandrian was the most valued, as approaching the nearest to ultramarine.

British Dictionary definitions for alexandrian



of or relating to Alexander the Great
of or relating to Alexandria in Egypt
relating to the Hellenistic philosophical, literary, and scientific ideas that flourished in Alexandria in the last three centuries bc
(of writers, literary works, etc) erudite and imitative rather than original or creative


a native or inhabitant of Alexandria
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