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Julian1

[jool-yuh n]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Julius Caesar.
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Origin of Julian1

1585–95; < Latin Jūliānus, equivalent to Jūli(us) Julius + -ānus -an

Julian2

[jool-yuh n]
noun
  1. Flavius Claudius Julianusthe Apostate, a.d. 331–363, Roman emperor 361–363.
  2. a male given name, form of Julius.
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  • May the holy Julian stand by us and the thrice-sainted Christopher!

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Then parties—whew, you ought to see what parties Julian and Harold have!

  • He was not thinking so much of Jake, nor even of Julian Marbolt.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Julian Marbolt had not left his bedroom when they arrived at the house.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • "You did well to follow Lord Julian's instructions," he commended the Major.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for julian

Julian1

noun
  1. known as Julian the Apostate; Latin name Flavius Claudius Julianus. 331–363 ad, Roman emperor (361–363), who attempted to revive paganism in the Roman empire while remaining tolerant to Christians and Jews
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Julian2

adjective
  1. of or relating to Julius Caesar
  2. denoting or relating to the Julian calendar
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Word Origin and History for julian

Julian

adj.

"old style" calendar, 1590s, in reference to reforms by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C.E. (see Julius). The masc. proper name is from Latin Iulianus, from Iulius.

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julian in Science

Julian

[jōōlyən]
  1. American physician noted for developing cortisone and also physostigmine, a drug used to treat glaucoma and memory loss.
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