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[pahy-eer-ee-uh n]
  1. of or relating to the Muses.
  2. of or relating to poetry or poetic inspiration.
  3. of or relating to Pieria.
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Origin of Pierian

1585–95; < Latin Pīeri(us) of Pieria + -an
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Examples from the Web for pierian

Historical Examples

  • When the world ill-used them, they sought refuge at the Pierian spring.

    Through the Gates of Old Romance

    W. Jay Mills

  • In them there is inspiration, and the Pierian maids show favour unto them.

  • I never looked at her when she sang at the Pierian with you.

  • Having tasted of the Pierian spring, she desired to drink deeply.

    Round the Block

    John Bell Bouton

  • Shakespearean actors should drink deep of the Pierian spring.

British Dictionary definitions for pierian


  1. of or relating to the Muses or artistic or poetic inspiration
  2. of or relating to Pieria
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Word Origin and History for pierian



literally "of Pieria," 1590s, from Latin Pierius "Pieria," from Greek Pieria, district in northern Thessaly, reputed home of the Muses; thus "pertaining to poetry."

A little Learning is a dang'rous Thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring:
[Pope, "Essay on Criticism," 1711]
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