Byzantium

[bih-zan-shee-uh m, -tee-uh m]
noun
  1. an ancient Greek city on the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmara: Constantine I rebuilt it and renamed it Constantinople a.d.
Compare Istanbul.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for byzantium

Contemporary Examples of byzantium

  • His debut collection of short stories, Byzantium, takes place across thousands of years of history all over the globe.

    The Daily Beast logo
    This Week’s Hot Reads: July 29, 2013

    Jessica Ferri, Damaris Colhoun

    July 29, 2013

  • Byzantium by Ben Stroud A debut collection of stories that spans countries and eras with delightful ease.

    The Daily Beast logo
    This Week’s Hot Reads: July 29, 2013

    Jessica Ferri, Damaris Colhoun

    July 29, 2013

  • Without a doubt, Byzantium signals the arrival of an incredible talent.

    The Daily Beast logo
    This Week’s Hot Reads: July 29, 2013

    Jessica Ferri, Damaris Colhoun

    July 29, 2013

  • The book might be about a subject wholly unrelated to politics and economics: travel in Patagonia, the wars of Byzantium.

    The Daily Beast logo
    David Mamet's Right Turn

    David Frum

    May 9, 2012

Historical Examples of byzantium


British Dictionary definitions for byzantium

Byzantium

noun
  1. an ancient Greek city on the Bosporus: founded about 660 bc; rebuilt by Constantine I in 330 ad and called Constantinople; present-day Istanbul
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for byzantium

Byzantium

said to be named for its 7c. B.C.E. Greek founder, Byzas of Megara.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper