[ ahy-oh-nee-uhn ]


  1. of or relating to Ionia.
  2. of or relating to the branch of the Greek people named from Ion, their legendary founder.


  1. a member of one of the four main divisions of the prehistoric Greeks who invaded the Greek mainland and, after the Dorian invasions, emigrated to the Aegean islands and the coast of Asia Minor. Compare Achaean ( def 5 ), Aeolian 2( def 3 ), Dorian 1( def 2 ).
  2. an Ionian Greek.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Ionian1

First recorded in 1555–65; Ioni(a) + -an

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Example Sentences

Consequently, the Ionian rebels were pitted against the contemporary superpower of the world.

Some of the Ionian dunes are over 30 meters high, the team estimates.

Anaxagoras, born in the Ionian town of Clazomenae, was the first natural philosopher to reside in Athens and promote the Ionian philosophical outlook there.

We do not read of any remarkable philosophical inquirer until Thales arose, the first of the Ionian school.

And the Ionian is open to the observation already made with regard to the Phrygian, viz.

The Ionian, again, is perhaps merely an imperfect form of the same scale, viz.

Plato treats the claim of Ionian to rank among the Hellenic modes as somewhat doubtful (Laches, p. 188).

If Hypo-phrygian is the same as the older Ionian (p. 11), the coincidence is complete for the time of Aristotle.





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