Main definitions of Polonian in English

: Polonian1Polonian2

Polonian1

(also Pollonian)

Pronunciation /pəˈləʊnɪən/

noun

  • A native or inhabitant of Poland, a Pole. Later also: a Polish immigrant or person of Polish descent living in the United States.

adjective

  • Polish; of Polish descent.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Paynell (d. ?1564), translator. From post-classical Latin Polonia Poland + -an. Compare post-classical Latin Poloni, plural.

Main definitions of Polonian in English

: Polonian1Polonian2

Polonian2

Pronunciation /pəˈləʊnɪən/

adjective

  • Characteristic of or resembling Polonius, the elderly and sententious courtier in Shakespeare's Hamlet; given to using moralistic aphorisms, sententious.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The North American Review. From the name of Polonius + -an.