[lid-ee-uh n]


of or relating to Lydia.
(of music) softly or sensuously sweet; voluptuous.


an inhabitant of Lydia.
an Anatolian language of Lydia, written in a modified Greek alphabet.

Origin of Lydian

First recorded in 1535–45; Lydi(a) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lydian

Historical Examples of lydian

  • The Ionian, he replied, and the Lydian; they are termed 'relaxed.'

  • The harmonies which you mean are the mixed or tenor Lydian, and the full-toned or bass Lydian, and such like.

  • The pride of the Hellene is further humbled, by being compared to a Phrygian or Lydian.

  • The Dorian measure was grave and severe, the Lydian soft and effeminate.

  • At the age of thirty-five Croesus ascended the Lydian throne.

British Dictionary definitions for lydian



of or relating to ancient Lydia, its inhabitants, or their language
music of or relating to an authentic mode represented by the ascending natural diatonic scale from F to FSee also Hypo- Compare Hypolydian


an inhabitant of Lydia
the extinct language of the Lydians, thought to belong to the Anatolian group or family
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