Corinthian

noun
Co·​rin·​thi·​an | \ kə-ˈrin(t)-thē-ən How to pronounce Corinthian (audio) \

Definition of Corinthian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a native or resident of Corinth, Greece
2 : a merry profligate man

Corinthian

adjective

Definition of Corinthian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of Corinth or Corinthians
2 : 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

First Known Use of Corinthian

Noun

1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Corinthian.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Corinthian. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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