Definition of Alexian in English:

Alexian

noun

  • Chiefly in plural A member of a Roman Catholic lay congregation having St Alexius as its patron, which was founded in Flanders in the 14th cent. and devotes itself to caring for the sick.

adjective

  • Of, belonging to, or designating this congregation.

Origin

Mid 18th century. From post-classical Latin Alexiani, plural from the name of St. Alexius (also Alexis), the congregation's probably legendary patron saint + -ani.

Pronunciation

Alexian

/əˈlɛksɪən/