plural -s
: a member of a Roman Catholic order devoted to care of the sick

Word History


St. Alexius, 5th century Roman Christian founder of the order + English -an

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alexian was in 1765

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“Alexian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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