Parnassian

adjective
Par·​nas·​si·​an | \ pär-ˈna-sē-ən How to pronounce Parnassian (audio) \

Definition of Parnassian

1 [Latin parnassius of Parnassus, from Greek parnasios, from Parnasos Parnassus, mountain in Greece sacred to Apollo and the Muses] : of or relating to poetry
2 [French parnassien, from Parnasse Parnassus; from Le Parnasse contemporain (1866), an anthology of poetry] : of or relating to a school of French poets of the second half of the 19th century emphasizing metrical form rather than emotion

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Parnassian noun

First Known Use of Parnassian

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Parnassian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Parnassian. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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