[dee-lee-uh n, deel-yuh n]
  1. a native or inhabitant of Delos.

Origin of Delian

1615–25; < Latin Dēli(us) (< Greek Dḗlios) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a native or inhabitant of Delos
  1. of or relating to Delos
  2. of or relating to Delius
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Word Origin and History for delian



1620s, "of Delos," tiny island in the Aegean, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Delian problem "find the length of the side of a cube having double the volume of a given cube," was set by the oracle at Delos when it answered (430 B.C.E.) that the plague in Athens would end when Apollo's (cube-shaped) altar was doubled. The Latin fem. form of the word became the proper name Delia.

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