[ frij-ee-uhn ]

  1. of or relating to Phrygia, its people, or their language.

  1. a native or inhabitant of Phrygia.

  2. an Indo-European language that was the language of Phrygia.

Origin of Phrygian

From the Latin word Phrygiānus, dating back to 1570–80. See Phrygia, -an

Words Nearby Phrygian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Phrygian in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Phrygian


/ (ˈfrɪdʒɪən) /

  1. of or relating to ancient Phrygia, its inhabitants, or their extinct language

  2. music of or relating to an authentic mode represented by the natural diatonic scale from E to E: See Hypo-

  1. music (of a cadence) denoting a progression that leads a piece of music out of the major key and ends on the dominant chord of the relative minor key

  1. a native or inhabitant of ancient Phrygia

  2. an ancient language of Phrygia, belonging to the Thraco-Phrygian branch of the Indo-European family: recorded in a few inscriptions

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