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Co·​rin·​thi·​an kə-ˈrin(t)-thē-ən How to pronounce Corinthian (audio)
: a native or resident of Corinth, Greece
: a merry profligate man


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: of, relating to, or characteristic of Corinth or Corinthians
: of or relating to the lightest and most ornate of the three ancient Greek architectural orders distinguished especially by its large capitals decorated with carved acanthus leaves see order illustration

Examples of Corinthian in a Sentence

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It was held in Zappeion Hall, an enormous circular structure that was built in 1888 in classical style as a venue for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, with an open atrium, gleaming white Corinthian columns, and brilliantly colored frescoes and floor mosaics. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 The sheets are Frette and the tableware is from Richard Ginori, just like theirs, while fragments of millenniums-old sculptures and carved Corinthian columns from their private collection are placed almost haphazardly throughout the property. Laura May Todd, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 The avenue has several off-street courtyards for wandering amid Santorini-style white stucco buildings with tiled walkways, Corinthian arches and fountains. Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 Set in an 18th-century building surrounded by antique shops and art galleries, the new storefront is framed by a stone facade with faux Corinthian columns. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 22 Dec. 2023 The building, with its Neoclassical Revival-style, Corinthian columns and visual landmark central dome, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Gabriel San Román, Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2023 The property features soaring ceilings, many large windows that fill each room with natural light, as well as exquisite crown molding, ceiling medallions, chandeliers, Corinthian columns, and a marble fireplace. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2023 In a former boat repair workshop in Venice, down a narrow alley just off the Grand Canal dead-ending at the water’s edge, hides a space now used as a painting studio with Corinthian columns and skylights overhead. Jay Cheshes, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Oct. 2023 The four Corinthian columns on Madison Avenue’s landmarked Appellate Division Courthouse are thicker than the oldest trees in the park. Audrey Wachs, Curbed, 9 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Corinthian was in 1520

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“Corinthian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of or relating to a style of Greek architecture characterized by a bell-shaped capital covered with sculptured leaves


named for Corinth, region and city in ancient Greece

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