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One of a Hellenic people that invaded Greece around 1100 bc and remained culturally and linguistically distinct within the Greek world.

[Latin Dōriānus, from Dōrius, from Greek Dōrios, from Dōris, Doris.]

Do′ri·an adj.
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(Peoples) a member of a Hellenic people who invaded Greece around 1100 bc, overthrew the Mycenaean civilization, and settled chiefly in the Peloponnese
1. (Languages) of or relating to this people or their dialect of Ancient Greek; Doric
2. (Peoples) of or relating to this people or their dialect of Ancient Greek; Doric
3. (Music, other) music of or relating to a mode represented by the ascending natural diatonic scale from D to D. See also Hypo-
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(ˈdɔr i ən, ˈdoʊr-)

1. a member of a Greek people or group of peoples who overran most of W Greece and the Peloponnesus in the 12th century b.c., bringing Mycenaean culture to an end.
2. of or pertaining to the ancient Greek region of Doris or to the Dorians.
[1595–1605; < Latin Dōri(us) (< Greek Dṓrios Dorian) + -an1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Dorian - a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric GreeksDorian - a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
Hellene, Greek - a native or inhabitant of Greece
2.Dorian - the ancient Greek inhabitants of Doris who entered Greece from the north about 1100 BC
citizenry, people - the body of citizens of a state or country; "the Spanish people"
Adj.1.Dorian - of or relating to the ancient Greek inhabitants of Doris, to their Doric dialect of Greek, or to their culture
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References in classic literature ?
For the same reason the Dorians claim the invention both of Tragedy and Comedy.
Your rank and wealth, Harry; my brains, such as they are--my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks--we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly."
I want you to explain to me why you won't exhibit Dorian Gray's picture.
I turned half-way round and saw Dorian Gray for the first time.
Quite the reverse, he replied; and if so the Dorian and the Phrygian are the only ones which you have left.
And these, he replied, are the Dorian and Phrygian harmonies of which I was just now speaking.
Hellen had three sons, Dorus, Xuthus, and Aeolus, parents of the Dorian, Ionic and Aeolian races, and the offspring of these was then detailed.
I presume "middle" means "middle between the two Greek-speaking countries of Asia Minor and Sicily, with South Italy"; for that parts of Sicily and also large parts, though not the whole of South Italy, were inhabited by Greek-speaking races centuries before the Dorian colonisations can hardly be doubted.
All in a moment through the gloom were seen Ten thousand Banners rise into the Air With Orient Colours waving: with them rose A Forrest huge of Spears: and thronging Helms Appear'd, and serried Shields in thick array Of depth immeasurable: Anon they move In perfect PHALANX to the Dorian mood Of Flutes and soft Recorders; such as rais'd To highth of noblest temper Hero's old Arming to Battel, and in stead of rage Deliberate valour breath'd, firm and unmov'd With dread of death to flight or foul retreat, Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage With solemn touches, troubl'd thoughts, and chase Anguish and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain From mortal or immortal minds.