Cadmean

adjective Cad·me·an \(ˈ)kad¦mēən, ˈkadm-\
variants: or

Cadmaean

\(ˈ)kad¦mēən, ˈkadm-\

Definition of Cadmean

  1. :  of, relating to, associated with, or derived from Cadmus

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of cadmean

Latin Cadmeus (from Greek Kadmeios, from Kadmos Cadmus, mythical founder of Thebes and introducer of the alphabet from Phoenicia into Greece) + English -an


First Known Use: 1603


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

quaintly unconventional or refined

Get Word of the Day daily email!