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Al·​ex·​an·​dri·​an ˌa-lig-ˈzan-drē-ən How to pronounce Alexandrian (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Alexandria and especially Alexandria, Egypt
: of or relating to Alexander the Great


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plural Alexandrians
: a native or inhabitant of Alexandria

Examples of Alexandrian in a Sentence

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Ever since the third century B.C.E., when the Ptolemaic dynasty erected a monumental lighthouse on the Alexandrian coast, people have been fiddling with combinations of fire, mirrors, and lenses, in the hope of producing a stronger beacon. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 Hair-raising accounts of a similar sea monster were recorded by Alexandrian scribes as early as the second century A.D.; these accounts spread through Europe and Asia in Arabic, Coptic, Latin and Old English translations. Nina Goldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1539, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alexandrian was in 1539

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“Alexandrian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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