or Tar·quin

[tahr-kwin-ee-uh s or tahr-kwin]


Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, died 578 b.c., king of Rome 616–578.
Lucius Tarquinius Superbusthe Proud, died 498 b.c., king of Rome 534–510.

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Historical Examples of tarquin

  • You can pour your nationalities in but they'll no more combine than Tarquin's and Lucretia's blood.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • King Tarquin, therefore, changed not the number or the name of the companies.

    Stories From Livy

    Alfred Church

  • And as the reign of King Tarquin began with blood, even so also did it end.

    Stories From Livy

    Alfred Church

  • Tarquin, hearing of Lucrece's chastity, longs to attempt her.

    William Shakespeare

    John Masefield

  • But, like the Cumæan sibyl to Tarquin, the message came again.

    True to His Home

    Hezekiah Butterworth

British Dictionary definitions for tarquin



Latin name Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, fifth legendary king of Rome (616–578 bc)
Latin name Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, seventh and last legendary king of Rome (534–510 bc)
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