[ koh-pur-ni-kuhn, kuh- ]

  1. of or relating to Copernicus or his theories.

  2. important and radically different; thoroughgoing: a Copernican revolution in modern art.

Origin of Copernican

First recorded in 1660–70; Copernic(us) + -an

Other words from Copernican

  • post-Co·per·ni·can, adjective
  • pre-Co·per·ni·can, adjective

Words Nearby Copernican Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Copernican in a sentence

  • John Wesley declared the Copernican astronomy to be in opposition to Scripture.

    The Book Of God | G. W. Foote