Meaning of Tyrrhenian in English:


Pronunciation /tɪˈriːnɪən/


  • 1Relating to or denoting the Tyrrhenian Sea or the surrounding region.

    ‘First, the system of slave villas existed only on the Tyrrhenian coast of central Italy; absent in the Po region, in the Apennine regions it coexisted with other forms of settlement.’
    • ‘However, a number of older, large-offset low-angle normal faults in the Apennine system are now exposed at the surface in the Tyrrhenian islands and Tuscany.’
    • ‘On land, along the Tyrrhenian margin of the Calabrian Arc, widespread upper Tortonian and local Serravallian synrift clastic deposits are exposed, suggesting Serravallian-Tortonian back-arc extension.’
    • ‘On the far bank she rode uphill, past dark farmhouses and empty stableyards, climbing the heights from which she would see the Tyrrhenian shore, a long curve stretching from Minturnae to Caietae.’
    • ‘Only five per cent of the total surface area of the region's agricultural land is planted with vines, most of them close to the northern, Tyrrhenian coast or the southern, Ionian coast.’
    • ‘It extends for 15 km, at first in a southerly, and then in a westerly direction, passing between Ischia and the Banco di Fuori until terminating in the Tyrrhenian basin.’
    • ‘The work was carried out during 1997-1999 in a Tyrrhenian rocky shore, Baia Domiziana, in southern Tuscany, Italy.’
    • ‘From Miocene time onward, this Ionian corridor underwent passive subduction and roll-back, inducing the southeastward migration of the Calabrian block and spreading of the southern Tyrrhenian back-arc basin.’
    • ‘Orogenic rotations in Sicily are thought to be related to the structural evolution of the Maghrebian belt, developing concurrently with the progressive opening of the southern Tyrrhenian back-arc system.’
  • 2 archaic Etruscan.


  • An Etruscan.

    ‘This means that not even Greeks are concerned, but the pre-Greek inhabitants of Lemnos, whom Homer calls, the later Greeks (Tyrrhenians).’
    • ‘However, the Phocaeans had plundered and pillaged the area and the Tyrrhenians and Carthagenians united against them.’
    • ‘The creature sails with Dionysus and leaps against the Tyrrhenians without waiting for his bidding.’
    • ‘In Classical Antiquity, the Tyrrhenians and Thracians were known as pirates.’
    • ‘In making this journey we pass through the land of the Etruscans, the fabled Tyrrhenians of Herodotus.’
    • ‘When Dionysos hailed the sailors, and begged passage to the island of Naxos, the Tyrrhenians agreed, and took the boy aboard their ship.’