Definition of Parian in English:


Line breaks: Par¦ian
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛːrɪən


  • 1Relating to the Greek island of Paros or the fine white marble for which it is renowned: a copy in Parian marble of a bronze statue
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    • Twelve sculpted metopes of Parian marble, approximately 1.6 m square and carved with the labors of Herakles, graced the entablature of the pronaos and opisthodomos, six per side.
    • A column of Parian marble, terminating in the figure of a dog, was raised over his tomb.
  • 1.1Denoting a form of fine white unglazed hard-paste porcelain likened to Parian marble: Parian ware
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    • Another of their specialized collections, Parian ware is a marblelike porcelain introduced in England in the 1840s.
    • Flanking the centerpiece are Paris porcelain reticulated fruit stands of about 1830 and Parian ware standing female figures.
    • The Parian ware in this room includes a bust of Charles Dickens dating to the 1850s (on the table) and a figure of Ceres (under the glass dome on the washstand).


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  • 1A native or inhabitant of Paros.
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    • In 385 the Parians planted a colony on the Adriatic island of Pharos, with the aid of Dionysius I of Syracuse, ‘in accordance with an oracle’ (probably a Delphic oracle, to judge from the Pharians' subsequent devotion to the shrine).
  • 2 [mass noun] Parian ware (porcelain).

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