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[gri-gawr-ee-uh n, -gohr-]
  1. of or relating to any of the popes named Gregory, especially Gregory I or Gregory XIII.
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Origin of Gregorian

1590–1600; < New Latin gregoriānus of, pertaining to Pope Gregory, equivalent to Late Latin Gregori(us) + Latin -ānus -an
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Historical Examples of gregorian

  • This was made with his five-and-a-half-foot Gregorian reflector.

    Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works

    Edward Singleton Holden

  • His contributions to Gregorian Music are now of great value.

  • He somewhere, however, calls Gregorian an "inchoate science."

  • It received the appellation of the Gregorian chant from his name.

  • The only scale and harmonic system then in vogue was the Gregorian.

British Dictionary definitions for gregorian


  1. relating to, associated with, or introduced by any of the popes named Gregory, esp Gregory I or Gregory XIII
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Word Origin and History for gregorian



literally "pertaining to Gregory," from Late Latin Gregorianus, from Gregorius (see Gregory). From c.1600 in reference to church music, from Gregory I (pope from 590-600), who traditionally codified it; 1640s in reference to new calendar (introduced 1582) from Pope Gregory XIII.

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