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[kair-ee-uh n] /ˈkɛər i ən/
a native or inhabitant of Caria.
the extinct language of Caria, not known to be related to any other language, written in a script derived from the Greek alphabet.
of or relating to Caria.
of or relating to the Carians or their language.
Origin of Carian
1600-10; Cari(a) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Carian mercenaries at that time formed one of the most vigorous and best disciplined contingents in the armies of the period.

  • Now, Carian, break This wand against yon lyre on the pedestal.

    Endymion John Keats
  • The Carian No word return'd: both lovelorn, silent, wan,770 Into the vallies green together went.

    Endymion John Keats
  • Perchance 'twas some Ionian beauty or Carian girl who had smitten him suddenly.

    Saronia Richard Short
  • Mithridates retired in silence, much vexed at this; but the unhappy Carian, as often happens, was ruined by his own folly.

  • Whatever else they may have been, they were partially Carian on one side, and partially Greek on the other.

    The Ethnology of Europe Robert Gordon Latham
  • A considerable number of short Carian inscriptions has been found, most of them in Egypt.

  • It is declared through Asia that you should take a Carian for your experiment.

    Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • It is not necessary of course to suppose that these places were still in Carian hands when the Catalogue was composed.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • He obtains sole power through the assistance of Greek and Carian mercenaries, who are continued as a standing army in the country.

    A Manual of Ancient History A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren

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