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.