[pith-ee-uh n]


Also Pyth·ic. of or relating to Delphi, in ancient Greece.
of or relating to Apollo, with reference to his oracle at Delphi.


a Pythian priestess.

Origin of Pythian

1590–1600; < Latin Pȳthi(us) (< Greek Pȳ́thios of Delphi and the oracle) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective Also: Pythic

of or relating to Delphi or its oracle


the priestess of Apollo at the oracle of Delphi
an inhabitant of ancient Delphi

Word Origin for Pythian

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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