[suh-tur-nee-uh n]
  1. of or relating to the planet Saturn.
  2. of or relating to the god Saturn, whose reign is referred to as the “golden age.”
  3. prosperous, happy, or peaceful: Saturnian days.

Origin of Saturnian

1550–60; < Latin Sāturni(us) of Saturn + -an
Related formstrans-Sa·tur·ni·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of saturnian

  • The complexity of the Saturnian system had now no rival in the heavens.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball

  • Again, there was the Saturnian victim, if we believe the legend about to be narrated.

  • In addition to his dramas, he translated the Odyssey into Saturnian verse.

  • "Yes, for a long time you would have been," replied the Saturnian banker.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • I'd like to try getting at some of that water frozen in the Saturnian System.

    Industrial Revolution

    Poul William Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for saturnian


  1. of or connected with the Roman god Saturn, whose reign was thought of as a golden age
  2. of or relating to the planet Saturn
  3. prosody denoting a very early verse form in Latin in which the accent was one of stress rather than quantity, there being an equal number of main stresses in each line, regardless of the number of unaccented syllables
  1. a line in Saturnian metre
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