Corinthian

[kuh-rin-thee-uh n]

adjective

noun


Origin of Corinthian

1350–1400; Middle English Corinthi(es) men of Corinth (< Latin Corinthiī < Greek Korínthioi; see Corinth) + -an
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Related Words for corinthian

playboy, cosmopolitan, sophisticate, Corinthian

British Dictionary definitions for corinthian

Corinthian

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

a native or inhabitant of Corinth
an amateur sportsman
rare a man about town, esp one who is dissolute
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Word Origin and History for corinthian

Corinthian

1650s as an architectural order, from Corinth, the ancient Greek city-state. In classical times Corinth was notorious for its luxury and licentiousness among the Greek states (and for not scorning trade and profit); hence Corinthian, noun and adjective, in various slang or colloquial sense in English, especially "a swell, a man about town" (early to mid-19c. but especially in the 1820s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

corinthian in Culture

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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