[ pey-fee-uh n ]
/ ˈpeɪ fi ən /


of or relating to Paphos, an ancient city of Cyprus sacred to Aphrodite.
of or relating to love, especially illicit sexual love; erotic; wanton.
noting or pertaining to Aphrodite or to her worship or service.


the Paphian, Aphrodite: so called from her cult center at Paphos.
(often lowercase) a prostitute.

Origin of Paphian

1605–15; < Latin Paphi(us) (< Greek Páphios of Paphos, of Aphrodite) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paphian

/ (ˈpeɪfɪən) /


of or relating to Paphos
of or relating to Aphrodite
literary of sexual love
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