[pith-ee-uh s]


noun Greek Mythology.
  1. the priestess of Apollo at Delphi who delivered the oracles.

Origin of Pythia

< Latin Pȳthia < Greek Pȳthía, feminine of Pȳthiós Pythian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pythias

Historical Examples of pythias

  • It occurs in this sense in Edwardes' Damon and Pythias, composed about 1564.

  • The friendship of Damon and Pythias was not more remarkable.


    John Spargo

  • They've been thicker than Damon and Pythias for a long time.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby

  • Pythias once, scoffing at Demosthenes, said that his arguments smelt of the lamp.

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

  • Like Damon and Pythias, these two men were bound by the strongest ties.

    Robert Toombs

    Pleasant A. Stovall

British Dictionary definitions for pythias



  1. Greek myth the priestess of Apollo at Delphi, who transmitted the oracles
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Word Origin and History for pythias



"priestess of Apollo at Delphi," 1842, from Greek pythia (hiereia) "(Priestess) of Pythian Apollo, from a variant form of Pythios, an epithet of Apollo, from Pytho, older name of the region of Delphi (see python).

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