- of or relating to ancient Tyre or its people.
- of the color of Tyrian purple.
Origin of Tyrian
Examples from the Web for tyrian
Not Tyrian Lannister short, but perhaps closer to his height than, say, Brienne of Tarth.For Short Men in 2014, The News Is Surprisingly Good
September 13, 2014
Beyond the Tyrian booth, a goldsmith is busily employed in his shop.Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt
The captain of the Tyrian determined to send his mails on board.The Tribune of Nova Scotia
W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
He saw it creeping into the stained trumpet of a Tyrian convolvulus.The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Greeks loved color, and their embroideries were in gold and blue and Tyrian purple.Color Value
C. R. Clifford
What nation of all the earth enjoyed this equal to the Tyrian?
- a native or inhabitant of ancient Tyre
- short for Tyrian purple (def. 2)
- of or relating to ancient Tyre
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.