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[pith-ee-uh n]
  1. Also Pyth·ic. of or relating to Delphi, in ancient Greece.
  2. of or relating to Apollo, with reference to his oracle at Delphi.
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  1. a Pythian priestess.
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Origin of Pythian

1590–1600; < Latin Pȳthi(us) (< Greek Pȳ́thios of Delphi and the oracle) + -an
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Historical Examples

  • Priests and priestesses may also follow, unless the Pythian oracle forbids.



  • A copy of the Pythian Apollo by Scopas is in the same museum.

  • Why, the Pythian priestess on the tripod is not moved so much as this!

  • The Pythian recommended an alliance with their nearest neighbours.

  • Milo the invincible, victor at Pisa, and in the Pythian and Isthmian combats.

British Dictionary definitions for pythian


adjective Also: Pythic
  1. of or relating to Delphi or its oracle
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  1. the priestess of Apollo at the oracle of Delphi
  2. an inhabitant of ancient Delphi
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Word Origin

C16: via Latin Pӯthius from Greek Puthios of Delphi
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Word Origin and History for pythian



c.1600, "pertaining to Delphi or Delphic Apollo," from Pythia + -an. As a noun from 1590s.

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