Meaning of Alexandrian in English:


Pronunciation /ˌalɪɡˈzɑːndrɪən/


  • 1Relating to Alexandria in Egypt.

    ‘The daughter of an English merchant based in Smyrna, she had married a rich Alexandrian merchant, later British Consul General in Egypt, and had travelled extensively in the Levant.’
    • ‘The minarets, columns, and pillars that make up the skyline are a mixture of recognizable Alexandrian landmarks and the Bellinis' own invention.’
    • ‘In Alexandrian courtrooms a defendant was permitted to speak for a certain regulated time.’
    • ‘In the third century BC, the famous Greek mathematician Archimedes issued a challenge to the Alexandrian mathematicians, headed by Eratosthenes.’
    • ‘It was a tabletop monument to Greek and Alexandrian astronomy.’
    1. 1.1Belonging to the schools of literature and philosophy of ancient Alexandria.
      ‘First, in the Greek tradition, we nowhere find evidence of an Alexandrian philosopher named David; neither the Suda nor Hesychius nor Photius nor anyone else seems to know of any such person.’
      • ‘Philoponus never held the Alexandrian philosophy chair.’
      • ‘He felt that there were spiritual realities that needed to be asserted against the kind of fading dimensions of classicism and of the Alexandrian school of philosophers.’
      • ‘Origen and Augustine belonged to the Alexandrian school, which was prone to allegorization, largely because of their neo-Platonic philosophy.’
      • ‘Far from originating in Alexandria, Newman described the philosophical influences on the Alexandrian school as free from speculation and concerned with propagation of doctrine.’
    2. 1.2(of a writer) derivative or imitative of previous writers and fond of obscure learning.
      • ‘Alexandrian poets write out of a library, the library of other poetry they carry in their heads, rather than out of a commemorative rural ethic or an aspiration towards the ‘permanently upright city’.’
      obscure, abstruse, arcane, esoteric, little known, recherché, abstract, deep, profound, cryptic, difficult, complex, complicated, involved