[uh-thee-nee-uh n]


pertaining to Athens, Greece.


a native or citizen of Athens, Greece.

Origin of Athenian

1580–90; < Latin Athēni(ēnsis) of Athens + -an; see -ensis
Related formspro-A·the·ni·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of athenian

  • The Athenian slave laws were much more mild than modern codes.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The Athenian generals did not fail to take advantage of this negligence.

  • Neither would you approve of the delicacies, as they are thought, of Athenian confectionary?

  • And knowledge is not true opinion; for the Athenian dicasts have true opinion but not knowledge.

  • The Menexenus veils in panegyric the weak places of Athenian history.

British Dictionary definitions for athenian



a native or inhabitant of Athens


of or relating to Athens
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Word Origin and History for athenian



Old English Atheniense (plural noun), from Latin Atheniensis, from Athenae (see Athens).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper