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[kawr-uh-bant, kor-]
noun, plural Cor·y·ban·tes [kawr-uh-ban-teez, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈbæn tiz, ˌkɒr-/, Cor·y·bants.
  1. Classical Mythology. any of the spirits or secondary divinities attending Cybele with wild music and dancing.
  2. an ancient Phrygian priest of Cybele.
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Origin of Corybant

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Corybant- (stem of Corybās) < Greek Korybant- (stem of Korýbās)
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Historical Examples of corybant

  • Corybant, kor′i-bant, n. a priest of Cybele, whose rites were accompanied with noisy music and wild dances:—Eng.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


British Dictionary definitions for corybant


noun plural Corybants or Corybantes (ˌkɒrɪˈbæntiːz)
  1. classical myth a wild attendant of the goddess Cybele
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Derived FormsCorybantian, Corybantic or Corybantine, adjective

Word Origin for Corybant

C14: from Latin Corybās, from Greek Korubas, probably of Phrygian origin
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