Byzantine

[ biz-uh n-teen, -tahyn, bahy-zuh n-, bih-zan-tin ]
/ ˈbɪz ənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn, ˈbaɪ zən-, bɪˈzæn tɪn /

adjective

noun

a native or inhabitant of Byzantium.

Origin of Byzantine

1590–1600; < Late Latin Bȳzantīnus of Byzantium; see -ine1

Related formspre-Byz·an·tine, adjective

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Byzantine

/ (bɪˈzænˌtaɪn, -ˌtiːn, baɪ-, ˈbɪzənˌtiːn, -ˌtaɪn) /

adjective

noun

an inhabitant of Byzantium
Derived FormsByzantinism (bɪˈzæntaɪˌnɪzəm, -tiː, baɪ-, ˈbɪzəntiːˌnɪzəm, -taɪ-), noun

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Word Origin and History for byzantine

Byzantine

adj.

1770, from Latin Byzantinus (see Byzantium); originally used of art style; later in reference to the complex, devious, and intriguing character of the royal court of Constantinople (1937). As a noun from 1770.

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