[ tir-ee-uh n ]
/ ˈtɪr i ən /


of or relating to ancient Tyre or its people.
of the color of Tyrian purple.

Origin of Tyrian

1505–15; < Latin Tyri(us) (< Greek Týrios, derivative of Týros Tyre) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for tyrian


/ (ˈtɪrɪən) /


a native or inhabitant of ancient Tyre


of or relating to ancient Tyre
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Word Origin and History for tyrian



1510s, from Latin Tyrius "of Tyre," from Tyrus, island-city in the Levant, from Greek Tyros, from Hebrew/Phoenician tzor, literally "rock, rocky place." Especially in reference to Tyrian purple, a dye made there in ancient times from certain mollusks.

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