Definition of Phrygian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrɪdʒɪən/


Relating to Phrygia, its people, or their language.
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  • Eventually one said ‘bekos’ which was found to be the Phrygian word for ‘bread’, so the experimenter concluded that the Phrygian language must have been the original one!
  • Another element where the Phrygian style could have come from is the old Roman cult of Mithras - where Mithras often can be seen cutting the throat of a bull atop a shrine.
  • Achates is seldom represented artistically, but Iulus / Ascanius consistently appears in art as a small child in Phrygian costume and cap, holding a short shepherd's staff with a curved end.


1A native or inhabitant of ancient Phrygia.
Example sentences
  • Beginning around 2000 b.c., pre-Hittites, Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans had lived or ruled in the region.
  • It was also a tough day for future lay readers: all those forbidding names - Parthians, Elamites, Mesopotamians, Cappadocians, Phrygians, Pamphyilians - that whole crowd.
  • Gordium was a town in Galatia, the ancient capital of the Phrygians.
2 [mass noun] The language of the ancient Phrygians, of which only a few inscriptions survive. It is generally classified as an Indo-European language, with affinities to Greek and Armenian.
Example sentences
  • It comes from Phrygian, a now-extinct language once native to the Caucasus.
  • The pharaoh concluded that Phrygian, an older language spoken in a part of what is modern Turkey, must be the original language.

Words that rhyme with Phrygian

callipygian, Cantabrigian, Stygian

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