Definition of Cimmerian in English:


Syllabification: Cim·me·ri·an
Pronunciation: /səˈmi(ə)rēən, -ˈmer-


  • 1Relating to or denoting members of an ancient nomadic people who overran Asia Minor in the 7th century bc.
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    • A full Jurassic succession is rarely preserved in the southern North Sea Basin because of erosion associated with the late Cimmerian unconformity.
    • Like other blocks of the Cimmerian continent, the Baoshan block rifted from Gondwanaland.
    • The Cimmerian islands, the present Turkey, Iran and Tibet, broke completely free of the Australian craton and moved rapidly to the north.
  • 2 Greek Mythology Relating to or denoting members of a mythical people who lived in perpetual mist and darkness near the land of the dead.
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    • His eyes adjusted to the now familiar gloom of the Cimmerian's headquarters.
    • There the people dwell, Of the Cimmerians, in eternal cloud And darkness.


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  • A member of the historical or mythological Cimmerian people.
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    • In this sequel to Conan the Barbarian, Robert E. Howard's proud Cimmerian sets forth on a heroic quest to recover a magical treasure and restore the life of his beloved Valeria.
    • Although this is billed as a Conan story, we really don't see too much of the Cimmerian warrior.


via Latin from Greek Kimmerios + -an.

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