Dorian

Dorian

[dawr-ee-uhn, dohr-]
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; < Latin Dōri(us) (< Greek Dṓrios Dorian) + -an

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Dorian

[dawr-ee-uhn, dohr-]
noun
a male or female given name.
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Dorian (ˈdɔːrɪən)
 
n
1.  a member of a Hellenic people who invaded Greece around 1100 bc, overthrew the Mycenaean civilization, and settled chiefly in the Peloponnese
 
adj
2.  of or relating to this people or their dialect of Ancient Greek; Doric
3.  music See also Hypo- of or relating to a mode represented by the ascending natural diatonic scale from D to D

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Dorian
c.1600, in reference to the mode of ancient Gk. music, lit. "of Doris," from Gk. Doris, district in central Greece, traditionally named for Doros, legendary ancestor of the Dorians, whose name is probably related to doron "gift."
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