- pertaining to Delos.
- a native or inhabitant of Delos.
Origin of Delian
Examples from the Web for delian
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.Folle-Farine
The tables were made of Thuja-root, with claws of ivory or Delian bronze.Beacon Lights of History, Volume III
Then he triumphantly dedicated his flagship to the Delian Apollo.Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913
As a whole, the spirit of the piece is much more Delian (Ionian) than Delphic.The Homeric Hymns
- a native or inhabitant of Delos
- of or relating to Delos
- of or relating to Delius
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.