Meaning of Bactrian in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbaktrɪən/


  • Relating to or characteristic of the ancient central Asian country of Bactria or its inhabitants.

    ‘the puzzling script of very early Bactrian civilisation’
    • ‘I was waiting for him to promise to create a national health care system for the Bactrian children.’
    • ‘The Bactrian king assessed the odds and made his decision.’
    • ‘Pieces resembling the Bactrian gold have come on the market.’
    • ‘The objects date mostly from the great Bronze Age of the Bactrian civilisation.’
    • ‘Six boxes of Bactrian gold were found intact.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of the ancient central Asian country of Bactria.

    ‘Zoroaster was king of the Bactrians’
    • ‘The king of the Bactrians was vanquished.’
    • ‘Anciently, the Assyrians and Bactrians fought against each other.’
    • ‘He fought first the Theban Greeks, then the Persians, then the Bactrians.’
  • 2

    short for Bactrian camel

    ‘the smaller Bactrians could carry heavier loads’
    • ‘The wild Bactrian is greyer, slimmer and has smaller sized humps.’
    • ‘The Bactrian has generally a more massive body than the Dromedary.’
    • ‘The first camels in the Northwest were Bactrians.’
    • ‘Bactrians have two humps.’
    • ‘The smaller Bactrians could carry heavier loads and made better pack animals.’