Constantine I

[ kon-stuh n-teen, -tahyn ]
/ ˈkɒn stənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn /


Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinusthe Great, a.d. 288?–337, Roman emperor 324–337: named Constantinople as the new capital; legally sanctioned Christian worship.
1868–1923, king of Greece 1913–17, 1920–22.
Related formsCon·stan·tin·i·an [kon-stuh n-tin-ee-uh n] /ˌkɒn stənˈtɪn i ən/, adjectivepost-Con·stan·tin·i·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for constantine the great

Constantine I

/ (ˈkɒnstənˌtaɪn, -ˌtiːn) /


known as Constantine the Great. Latin name Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus. ?280–337 ad, first Christian Roman emperor (306–337): moved his capital to Byzantium, which he renamed Constantinople (330)
1868–1923, king of Greece (1913–17; 1920–22): deposed (1917), recalled by a plebiscite (1920), but forced to abdicate again (1922) after defeat by the Turks
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Culture definitions for constantine the great

Constantine the Great

[ (kon-stuhn-teen, kon-stuhn-teyen) ]

A Roman emperor of the fourth century. He founded Constantinople as capital of the eastern part of the Roman Empire. Early in his reign, Constantine issued a document allowing Christians (see also Christian) to practice their religion within the empire. Before that, they had frequently been persecuted.

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