Definition of Colossian in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈlɒʃn/ /kəˈlɒsɪən/


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Colossae, an ancient city of Phrygia, especially a member of the early Christian community there.

    Chiefly with reference to St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians.

  • 2In plural with singular agreement. St Paul's Epistle to the Colossians, the twelfth book of the New Testament.


  • Of or relating to Colossae, especially the early Christian community there; of or belonging to the Colossians.


Early 16th century; earliest use found in The New Testament. From classical Latin Colossae (ancient Greek Κολοσσαί), the name of an ancient city of Phrygia + -ian. Compare Middle French, French Colossien. Compare classical Latin Colossīnus, Hellenistic Greek Κολοσσηνός, both adjectives.