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Pal·la·di·an 1

1. Greek Mythology Of, relating to, or characteristic of Athena.
2. Of, relating to, or characterized by wisdom or study.

[From Latin Palladius, from Greek Palladios, from Pallas, Pallad-, Pallas Athena.]

Pal·la·di·an 2

1. Of or characteristic of the Renaissance architectural style of Andrea Palladio.
2. Of or characteristic of an architectural style flourishing in the mid-1700s, especially in Britain, and derived from that of Andrea Palladio.
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(Architecture) denoting, relating to, or having the neoclassical style of architecture created by Palladio
Palˈladianˌism n


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to the goddess Pallas Athena
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literary wise or learned
[C16: from Latin Palladius, from Greek Pallas, an epithet applied to Athena, meaning perhaps "(spear) brandisher" or perhaps "virgin"]
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(pəˈleɪ di ən, -ˈlɑ-)

pertaining to or in the architectural style of Andrea Palladio, based esp. on the revival of Roman forms.
Pal•la′di•an•ism, n.


(pəˈleɪ di ən)

pertaining to wisdom or knowledge.
[1555–65; < Latin Palladi(us) of Pallas (< Greek Palládios; see Palladium) + -an1]
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Adj.1.Palladian - referring to or relating to or having the style of architecture created by Andrea Palladio; "the much imitated arch and column compositions known as the Palladian motif"
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References in classic literature ?
The outside of the building, with its fine Palladian front looking on the canal, was wisely left unaltered.
For some reason it looked a very artificial lake; indeed, the whole scene was like a classical landscape with a touch of Watteau; the Palladian facade of the house pale in the moon, and the same silver touching the very pagan and naked marble nymph in the middle of the pond.
The building is of an Anglo-Indian classical style with Classical Greek and Palladian architecture as evidenced by the Grecian pillars fronting it.
The garden served as both a source of food and a status symbol for the occupants of the Palladian mansion which once stood there.
3 Inspired by Palladian architecture, the Ludlow is part of Hinkley Lighting's new designer collaboration with Lisa McDennon.
We loved the Palladian mansion at Holkham Hall and Holkham Beach, which has a good claim for being the most beautiful in Europe, less than four miles away.
It's a predominantly 18th-century mansion house built in the Palladian style.
There is something for everyone to enjoy here, from the charming Palladian mansion which lies at its heart, to spectacular gardens with amazing views.
Both the hall and The Courtyard draw on the Palladian styling made popular during periods of the 17th and 18th Centuries and which inspired some of Europe's finest buildings.
the 18th century Palladian manor house measures a monstrous 35,000 square feet, with eight en suite family bedrooms, including a three-room master suite with two bathrooms.
How this game is played today is one aspect of an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects, entitled 'Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected' (until 9 January 2016).