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[pair-ee-uh n, par-]
  1. of or relating to Paros, noted for its white marble.
  2. noting or pertaining to a fine, unglazed porcelain resembling this marble.
  3. of, relating to, or resembling a native or inhabitant of Paros.
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Paros.
  2. Parian ware.
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Origin of Parian

1630–40; < Latin Pari(us) of Paros + -an
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Historical Examples of parian

  • And her complexion was fairer than Parian marble, than the heads of angels.

    Within the Tides

    Joseph Conrad

  • This was called the Parian, which is the Mexican word for market-place.

  • She proved to be a priestess, from one of the Parian temples.

    Darius the Great

    Jacob Abbott

  • She was motionless as a parian statue, she hardly seemed to breathe.

    In the Roar of the Sea

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • The capitals and bases of the columns, and on the entablature, are of Parian marble.

British Dictionary definitions for parian


  1. denoting or relating to a fine white marble mined in classical times in Paros
  2. denoting or relating to a fine biscuit porcelain used mainly for statuary
  3. of or relating to Paros
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Paros
  2. Parian marble
  3. Parian porcelain
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