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Dorian

[dawr-ee-uh n, dohr-] /ˈdɔr i ən, ˈdoʊr-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the ancient Greek region of Doris or to the Dorians.
noun
2.
a member of a people who entered Greece about the 12th century b.c., conquered the Peloponnesus, and destroyed the Mycenaean culture: one of the four main divisions of the prehistoric Greeks.
Compare Achaean (def 5), Aeolian (def 2), Ionian (def 4).
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin Dōri(us) (< Greek Dṓrios Dorian) + -an

Dorian

[dawr-ee-uh n, dohr-] /ˈdɔr i ən, ˈdoʊr-/
noun
1.
a male or female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for Dorian

Dorian

/ˈdɔːrɪən/
noun
1.
a member of a Hellenic people who invaded Greece around 1100 bc, overthrew the Mycenaean civilization, and settled chiefly in the Peloponnese
adjective
2.
of or relating to this people or their dialect of Ancient Greek; Doric
3.
(music) of or relating to a mode represented by the ascending natural diatonic scale from D to D See also Hypo-
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Word Origin and History for Dorian
adj.

c.1600, in reference to the mode of ancient Greek music, literally "of Doris," from Greek Doris, district in central Greece, traditionally named for Doros, legendary ancestor of the Dorians, whose name is probably related to doron "gift" (see date (n.1)).

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