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From Corinth +‎ -ian.


  • IPA(key): /kəˈɹɪnθɪən/
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Corinthian (comparative more Corinthian, superlative most Corinthian)

  1. Of or relating to Corinth.
  2. (architecture) Of the Corinthian Greek order.
  3. Elaborate, ornate.
  4. Debauched in character or practice; impure.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
  5. Being a sporting event (originally in horse racing and yachting) restricted to gentleman amateurs.
    • 1825 June 16, “Curragh June Meeting, 1825”, in Dublin Evening Post[1], Dublin, page 4:
      Corinthian Stakes of 10 Guineas ... To be rode by Gentlemen.
    • 1844 July 1, “What Is A Gentleman?”, in Tait's Edinburgh Magazine[2], volume xi, Edinburgh: William Tait, page 417:
      It was a condition of the race, that the horses should be ridden by gentlemen ... [I]t was submitted, that if none were to be reputed in the rank of gentlemen, whose wives had not been visited by Lady Clanricarde, the notion of a Corinthian Race might as well be given up at once, within twenty miles all round Portumna castle. It would amount, in fact, to a disgentilizing of two or three counties.
    • 1853 January 30, The Man In The Mask, “The Regattas of 1853”, in Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle[3], London, page 6:
      [W]e have horse races ... whereat the aforesaid noble animals are ridden by gentlemen, and if I err not are named "Corinthian."
    • 1856 October 1, “Royal Northern Yacht Club Regatta”, in Hunt's Yachting Magazine[4], volume 5, London: Hunt, page 427:
      In Corinthian matches the yachts are steered and manned by gentlemen alone,

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Corinthian (plural Corinthians)

  1. An inhabitant or a resident of Corinth, and its suburbs.
  2. An inhabitant, a resident of; a thing that originates from Corinthia
  3. An accomplished amateur athlete.
  4. A sailboat owner who helms his or her own boat in competitive racing.
  5. A worldly, fashionable person, accepted in society though possibly dissolute.
  6. (manège) Horse show-class in which contestants are members of a formal hunt and wear its livery, as opposed to appointment show-class.
  7. A small tubular wafer used in desserts.


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