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[mem-fee-uh n]
  1. a native or inhabitant of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis.
  2. Egyptian(def 3).
  3. a native or resident of Memphis, Tennessee.
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Origin of Memphian

First recorded in 1585–95; Memphi(s) + -an
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Examples from the Web for memphian

Historical Examples

  • But history and tradition assert that they were the tombs of the Memphian Kings.

    Harper's Young People, May 10, 1881


  • Your Memphian, however, is not at all content to date from 1820.

    American Adventures

    Julian Street

  • Memphian, mem′fi-an, adj. relating to Memphis, an ancient capital of Egypt.

  • Cheops, one of the Memphian Kings, built the largest of the Pyramids, and near it are several others not much less in size.

  • Through the Memphian dark of the tomb cut a spear of light, touching the last stone of the stairway.

British Dictionary definitions for memphian


  1. of or relating to ancient Memphis or its inhabitants
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  1. an inhabitant or native of ancient Memphis
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