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

1615–25; < Latin Dēli(us) (< Greek Dḗlios) + -an
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Historical Examples

  • The Delian legend of the Hyperboreans may be thought to point in this direction.

    The Legacy of Greece


  • With dance and song the Delian maidens still hailed the divinity of Lt's son.

  • The tables were made of Thuja-root, with claws of ivory or Delian bronze.

  • Then he triumphantly dedicated his flagship to the Delian Apollo.

  • As a whole, the spirit of the piece is much more Delian (Ionian) than Delphic.

British Dictionary definitions for delian


  1. a native or inhabitant of Delos
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  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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