Paphian

noun
Pa·​phi·​an | \ ˈpā-fē-ən How to pronounce Paphian (audio) \

Definition of Paphian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a native or inhabitant of Paphos
2 often not capitalized : prostitute

Paphian

adjective

Definition of Paphian (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of Paphian

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for Paphian

Noun

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

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The first known use of Paphian was in 1598

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“Paphian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Paphian. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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