Paphian

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noun

Pa·​phi·​an ˈpā-fē-ən How to pronounce Paphian (audio)
1
: a native or inhabitant of Paphos
2
often not capitalized : prostitute

Paphian

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adjective

1
: of or relating to Paphos or its people
2
: of or relating to illicit love : wanton

Word History

Etymology

Noun

Latin paphius, from Greek paphios, from Paphos, ancient city of Cyprus that was the center of worship of Aphrodite

First Known Use

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Paphian was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Paphian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Paphian. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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