Corinthian

[ kuh-rin-thee-uhn ]
/ kəˈrɪn θi ən /

adjective

noun

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Origin of Corinthian

1350–1400; Middle English Corinthi(es) men of Corinth (<Latin Corinthiī<Greek Korínthioi;see Corinth) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Corinthian

Corinthian
/ (kəˈrɪnθɪən) /

adjective

of, characteristic of, or relating to Corinth
of, denoting, or relating to one of the five classical orders of architecture: characterized by a bell-shaped capital having carved ornaments based on acanthus leavesSee also Ionic, Doric, composite (def. 4), Tuscan
given to luxury; dissolute
ornate and elaborate

noun

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Cultural definitions for Corinthian

Corinthian
[ (kuh-rin-thee-uhn) ]

One of the three main styles of Greek architecture (the others are Doric and Ionic). The Corinthian column is slender and fluted; the capital incorporates sculpted leaves.

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