[li-gyoo r-ee-uh n]


an apparently Indo-European language used in ancient times along the NW coast of the Ligurian Sea.


of or relating to Liguria or its inhabitants.

Origin of Ligurian

First recorded in 1595–1605; Liguri(a) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ligurian

Historical Examples of ligurian

  • It was determined to order him to seize all French and Ligurian vessels in the Mole.

    The Admiral

    Douglas Sladen

  • The Ligurian question is still more complex than the Iberian.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane

  • The title was re-established in 1802 for the Ligurian Republic, but was abolished in 1805.

  • Nor does every inner village of Italy hold a bell-tune of its own; the custom is Ligurian.


    Alice Meynell

  • These are identified with the Ligurian race, and their most typical modern representatives are the Auvergnats and Savoyards.

    Human Origins

    Samuel Laing

British Dictionary definitions for ligurian



of or relating to Liguria, a region of NW Italy, or its inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of Liguria
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