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or Pom·pei·ian

[pom-pey-uh n, -pee-]
  1. of or relating to Pompeii, or its culture.
  2. pertaining to or designating a style of mural painting, examples of which have been found in or near Pompeii, Herculaneum, etc., dating from about the beginning of the 1st century b.c. to a.d. 79, characterized chiefly by the illusion of three-dimensional form organized in an architectonic structure.
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Pompeii.
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Origin of Pompeian

From the Latin word Pompeiānus, dating back to 1825–35. See Pompeii, -an
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Examples from the Web for pompeiian

Historical Examples

  • It is hardly worth seeing after the Flavian and the Pompeiian.

    The Greville Memoirs

    Charles C. F. Greville

  • It had formerly been his fancy that Gradiva was a Pompeiian.

    Delusion and Dream

    Wilhelm Jensen

  • I was impressed by the extreme smallness of the Pompeiian houses.

    Twenty Years in Europe

    Samuel H. M. Byers

  • "Perhaps it will be easier for you to converse in Greek," said the Pompeiian.

  • But to what epoch of Pompeiian life had he been transported?

British Dictionary definitions for pompeiian


  1. of or relating to Pompeii or its inhabitants
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Pompeii
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