[ truh-jee-dee-uh n ]
/ trəˈdʒi di ən /


an actor especially noted for performing tragic roles.
a writer of tragedy.

Origin of tragedian

1325–75; tragedy + -an; replacing Middle English tragedien < Middle French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tragedian


feminine tragedienne (trəˌdʒiːdɪˈɛn)

/ (trəˈdʒiːdɪən) /


an actor who specializes in tragic roles
a writer of tragedy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tragedian



"writer of tragedies," late 14c., from Old French tragediane (Modern French tragédien), from tragedie (see tragedy). Another word for this was tragician (mid-15c.).

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