[op-i-duh n]


of a town; urban.


a townsman.

Origin of oppidan

1530–40; < Latin oppidānus, equivalent to oppid(um) town + -ānus -an
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Examples from the Web for oppidan

Historical Examples of oppidan

  • From the absence of his name on the college lists, it may be inferred that he was an Oppidan.

  • But now oppidan life extended beyond these walls; and houses, streets, villas and gardens spread into the plain on all sides.

  • Oppidan, op′i-dan, n. at Eton, a student who is not a foundationer or colleger.

  • On the other hand while 'meridian' and 'quartan' are French, 'publican', 'veteran', and 'oppidan' are Latin.

  • The convivial entertainments of Check nights and Oppidan dinners had already become institutions of a past age.


    W. B. Woodgate

British Dictionary definitions for oppidan



of a town; urban


a person living in a town

Word Origin for oppidan

C16: from Latin oppidānus, from oppidum town
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