Definition of Alexandrian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌaləɡˈzandrēən/


1Relating to Alexandria in Egypt.
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  • The daughter of an English merchant based in Smyrna, she had married a rich Alexandrian merchant, later British Consul General in Egypt, and had travelled extensively in the Levant.
  • The minarets, columns, and pillars that make up the skyline are a mixture of recognizable Alexandrian landmarks and the Bellinis' own invention.
  • In Alexandrian courtrooms a defendant was permitted to speak for a certain regulated time.
1.1Belonging to or akin to the schools of literature and philosophy of ancient Alexandria.
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  • First, in the Greek tradition, we nowhere find evidence of an Alexandrian philosopher named David; neither the Suda nor Hesychius nor Photius nor anyone else seems to know of any such person.
  • Philoponus never held the Alexandrian philosophy chair.
  • He felt that there were spiritual realities that needed to be asserted against the kind of fading dimensions of classicism and of the Alexandrian school of philosophers.
1.2(Of a writer) derivative or imitative rather than creative; fond of recondite learning.
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  • Alexandrian poets write out of a library, the library of other poetry they carry in their heads, rather than out of a commemorative rural ethic or an aspiration towards the ‘permanently upright city’.

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Syllabification: Al·ex·an·dri·an

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