1

Byzantine

adjective Byz·an·tine \ ˈbi-zᵊn-ˌtēn , ˈbī- , -ˌtīn ; bə-ˈzan-ˌ , bī-ˈ \

Definition of Byzantine

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient city of Byzantium
  • Byzantine art
2 architecture : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of architecture developed in the Byzantine Empire especially in the fifth and sixth centuries featuring the dome carried on pendentives over a square and incrustation with marble veneering and with colored mosaics on grounds of gold
3 Christianity : of or relating to the churches using a traditional Greek rite and subject to Eastern (see eastern 2) canon law
4 often not capitalized
a : of, relating to, or characterized by a devious and usually surreptitious manner of operation
  • a Byzantine power struggle
b : intricately involved : labyrinthine
  • rules of Byzantine complexity

Byzantine was our Word of the Day on 11/08/2014. Hear the podcast!

First Known Use of byzantine

1651

Other Archaeology Terms


2

Byzantine

noun

Definition of Byzantine

: a native or inhabitant of Byzantium

First Known Use of byzantine

1651



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Byzantine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

without deliberation, pause, or delay

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats-on-impossible-timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!