[ uh-nak-ree-on-tik ]
/ əˌnæk riˈɒn tɪk /


(sometimes lowercase) of or in the manner of Anacreon.
(sometimes lowercase) convivial and amatory.


(lowercase) an Anacreontic poem.

Origin of Anacreontic

1650–60; < Latin Anacreōnticus, equivalent to Anacreōnt- (< Greek Anakreōnt-, stem of Anakréōn) Anacreon + -icus -ic

Related forms

A·nac·re·on·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anacreontic


/ (əˌnækrɪˈɒntɪk) sometimes not capital /


in the manner of the Greek lyric poet Anacreon (?572–?488 bc), noted for his short songs celebrating love and wine
(of verse) in praise of love or wine; amatory or convivial


an Anacreontic poem

Derived Forms

Anacreontically, adverb
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