Definition of Doric in English:
1Relating to or denoting a classical order of architecture characterized by a sturdy fluted column and a thick square abacus resting on a rounded moulding.
- 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 the ancient Greek dialect of the Dorians.
- 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.
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1The Doric order of architecture.
- 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.
2.1A broad or rustic dialect, especially the dialect spoken in the north-east of Scotland.
- 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.
Definition of Doric in:
- US English dictionary
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