- SaintThascius Caecillus Cyprianus, a.d. c200–258, early church father, bishop, and martyr.
- noting or pertaining to the worship of Aphrodite or to conduct inspired by Aphrodite.
- lewd; licentious.
- Cypriot(def 3).
- a person from Cyprus or the language spoken there.
- a lewd or licentious person, especially a prostitute.
- the Cyprian, Aphrodite: so called because her cult was centered on Cyprus.
Origin of Cyprian2
Examples from the Web for cyprian
Cyprian's care not only extended over Carthage, but to Numidia and Mauritania.Fox's Book of Martyrs
On the right we see the images of Cornelius and Cyprian, bishop of Carthage.Pagan and Christian Rome
Nor did Cyprian think them propitious when taken into counsel.Mary Gray
This is one possible view of Cyprian's character and purposes.
His accuser, Cyprian, still apparently a young man, was also a Roman nobleman.
- of or relating to Cyprus
- of or resembling the ancient orgiastic worship of Aphrodite on Cyprus
- (often not capital) obsolete a licentious person, esp a prostitute or dancer
- another word for Cypriot
- Saint. ?200–258 ad, bishop of Carthage and martyr. Feast day: Sept 26 or 16
Word Origin and History for cyprian
1620s, "of Cyprus," from Latin Cyprianus, from Cyprius, from Greek Kyprios (see Cyprus). The island was famous in ancient times as the birthplace of Aphrodite and for erotic worship rituals offered to her there; hence Cyprian meant "licentious, lewd," the earliest attested sense in English (1590s) and was applied 18c.-19c. to prostitutes.