- flourished a.d. c500, Latin grammarian.
Examples from the Web for priscian
Regere, a mediaeval term not used in this sense by Priscian.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
May Priscian himself be my enemy if what I am now going to say be not exactly true.In Praise of Folly
How do they break their own pates to salve that of Priscian!The Works of Sir Thomas Browne (Volume 1 of 3)
On the right of the cartoon is the figure of grammar; beneath is Priscian.Old English Libraries
He returned with these high honors, and was esteemed in grammar a Priscian, in poetry an Ovid, and in physic equal to Galen.Bibliomania in the Middle Ages
Frederick Somner Merryweather
- Latin name Priscianus Caesariensis. 6th century ad, Latin grammarian
Word Origin and History for priscian
Latin Priscianus, name of a celebrated Roman grammarian (c.500-530); hence to break Priscian's head (1520s) "to violate rules of grammar" (Latin diminuere Prisciani caput). Cf. Priscilla.