WORD ORIGIN adjective of or relating to Nicaea. Origin of Nicene 1350–1400; Middle English
Late Latin Nīcēnus,
) Nicaea +
adj. suffix), with
-ānus -an Related forms non-Ni·cene, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nicene Nicene Nicaean ( naɪˈsiːən) adjective of or relating to Nicaea, an ancient city in NW Asia Minor, or its inhabitants
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Word Origin and History for nicene adj.
early 15c., in reference to
Nicaea (Greek Nikaia, modern Turkish Isnik), city in Bithynia where ecclesiastical council of 325 C.E. dealt with the Arian schism and produced the Nicene Creed. A second council held there (787) considered the question of images.
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