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The statue of Pallas Athena (etymology 1) in front of the Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna, Austria
A 16th- or 17th-century portrait of Italian architect Andrea Palladio (etymology 2) by Alessandro Maganza
Palazzo Chiericati, a Renaissance palace in Vicenza, Italy, was designed by Palladio and is thus an example of Palladian architecture (etymology 2, sense 1)

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin Palladius (of or relating to Pallas) +‎ -an (suffix forming adjectives from nouns). Palladius is derived from Pallas (from Ancient Greek Παλλάς (Pallás, epithet of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom), from παλλακίς (pallakís, concubine), most likely from Proto-Indo-European *parikeh₂ (concubine; wanton woman)) + -ius (suffix forming adjectives from nouns).[1]


Palladian (not comparable)

  1. (Greek mythology, rare) Of or relating to Pallas, an epithet of Athena, the goddess of wisdom.
  2. (by extension, rare) Of or relating to knowledge, study, or wisdom.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Italian Palladio, the surname of Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) +‎ -an (suffix forming adjectives from nouns).[2]


Palladian (not comparable)

  1. (architecture) In the style of the Italian neoclassical architect Andrea Palladio.
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Palladian (plural Palladians)

  1. (architecture) An architect who designs buildings in the Palladian style.


  1. ^ Compare “Palladian, adj.1”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, March 2005.
  2. ^ Palladian, adj.2 and n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, March 2005; “Palladian” (US) / “Palladian” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.

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