[kair-ee-uh n]


a native or inhabitant of Caria.
the extinct language of Caria, not known to be related to any other language, written in a script derived from the Greek alphabet.


of or relating to Caria.
of or relating to the Carians or their language.

Origin of Carian

First recorded in 1600–10; Cari(a) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carian

Historical Examples of carian

  • Now, Carian, break This wand against yon lyre on the pedestal.


    John Keats

  • Perchance 'twas some Ionian beauty or Carian girl who had smitten him suddenly.


    Richard Short

  • In the same way a Carian stock, the Ioxidae, revered the asparagus.

  • But this is not the only complication introduced by the Carian family.

    Man and His Migrations

    R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham

  • Whatever else they may have been, they were partially Carian on one side, and partially Greek on the other.

    The Ethnology of Europe

    Robert Gordon Latham