Definition of Doric in English:

Doric

Syllabification: Dor·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈdôrik, ˈdär-
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating to or denoting a classical order of architecture characterized by a sturdy fluted column and a thick square abacus resting on a rounded molding.
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    • They came from the Parthenon, which marks the highest pinnacle of classical Doric architecture.
    • The temple is rendered in the abbreviated form, usual in vase paintings, consisting of a Doric column and architrave.
    • It contrasts the formal Doric columns of the front porch with the informal shingled supports for the side porch.
  • 2Relating to or denoting the ancient Greek dialect of the Dorians.
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    • Theocritus wrote in the Doric dialect, and the difficulties this produced for his readers led to his comparative neglect during the Renaissance.
    • It is unclear whether Alcmaeon wrote in the Doric dialect of Croton or in the Ionic Greek of the first Presocratics.
    • It may well be that the style and Doric dialect of the pseudo-Pythagorean writings were also based on the model of Archytas' genuine writings.
  • 2.1 archaic (Of a dialect) broad; rustic.
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    • The great granite slabs of prose, the thick Doric dialect, the rugged rural setting, the sprawling plot: it's a prospect as forbidding as the north face of the Eiger.

noun

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  • 1The Doric order of architecture.
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    • These are orders taken from temple architecture; they are placed appropriately with the strong, plain Doric at the bottom, then the lighter Ionic, followed by the elegant Corinthian and perhaps at the top a Composite.
    • This famous building, originally painted in gold, red and blue, achieves the classical Greek sense of harmony and illustrates the three orders of Greek columns: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian.
  • 2The ancient Greek dialect of the Dorians.
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    • His language is Sicilian Doric, and is as colourful and sophisticated as that of Old Comedy; he uses a variety of metres kata stichon, but there are no lyrics among the extant fragments.
  • 2.1A broad or rustic dialect, especially the dialect spoken in northeastern Scotland.
    [by association with the ancient Greek dialect, perceived as rustic]
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    • She still speaks Doric and recently she's even taken up playing the great Highland pipes in an effort to rediscover the riches of Scotland's indigenous music.
    • My great-grandparents spoke it and called it Scottish Doric.
    • Though written in Doric, both were huge bestsellers in America.

Origin

via Latin from Greek Dōrikos, from Dōrios (see Dorian).

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