[ver-jil-ee-uh n, -jil-yuh n]


Related formspre-Vir·gil·i·an, adjectivepseu·do-Vir·gil·i·an, adjective


or Vir·gil·i·an

[ver-jil-ee-uh n, -jil-yuh n]


pertaining to or characteristic of the poet Vergil.

Origin of Vergilian

1505–15; < Latin Virgiliānus; see -an
Related formspre-Ver·gil·i·an, adjectivepseu·do-Ver·gil·i·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for virgilian

Historical Examples of virgilian

  • The Virgilian line our orator introduced so felicitously is omitted.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • It must be admitted, however, that the poet's uncouth diction is anything but Virgilian.

  • Either the sonnet or the Virgilian note must be a falsification.

  • Far from blushing at their origin,—these noble Virgilian bees!

    The Insect

    Jules Michelet

  • Dobell's mouth was ever full of very pretty Latinity, for the most part Virgilian.

British Dictionary definitions for virgilian



a variant spelling of Virgilian
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Word Origin and History for virgilian

1510s, from Latin Virgilianus "of or characteristic of the Roman poet Virgil" (Publius Vergilius Maro, 70-19 B.C.E.). Also in Virgilian lots (Latin sortes Virgilianae), opening Virgil at random as an oracle.

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