Ly·​cian ˈli-sh(ē-)ən How to pronounce Lycian (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of Lycia
: an Anatolian language of the Indo-European language family see Indo-European Languages Table
Lycian adjective

Examples of Lycian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This town, and a few others in the area, was part of the Lycian League, a democratic alliance of independent Mediterranean city-states formed in the 1st century B.C.E. Today, the area of Kekova is under review by UNESCO for listing as a World Heritage site. Joshua Learn, Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2023 Home to Turkey's longest hiking trail, the Lycian Way, this centuries old port town is awash with Roman ruins. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Lycian was in 1583

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“Lycian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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