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[am-broh-zhuh n]
  1. Roman Catholic Church.
    1. pertaining to the religious congregations under the protection of Saint Ambrose.
    2. pertaining to the ancient liturgy of the church of Milan.
  2. (lowercase) ambrosial.
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[am-broh-zhuh l]
  1. exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; especially delicious or fragrant.
  2. worthy of the gods; divine.
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Also am·bro·sian [am-broh-zhuh n] /æmˈbroʊ ʒən/.

Origin of ambrosial

First recorded in 1590–1600; ambrosi(a) + -al1
Related formsam·bro·sial·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for ambrosian

Historical Examples of ambrosian

  • On reaching Milan, the travellers visited the Ambrosian library.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851


  • We wished to go to the Ambrosian Library, and we did that also.

    The Innocents Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • For them he painted the magnificent frescoes now in the Ambrosian Library.

    Bernardino Luini

    James Mason

  • And some documents in the Ambrosian library give colour to this conjecture.

    A Treatise on Painting

    Leonardo Da Vinci

  • When at Milan, I was taken, as a matter of course, to visit the Ambrosian library.

Word Origin and History for ambrosian



1590s, "immortal, divine," from Latin ambrosius, from Greek ambrosios (see ambrosia).

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