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Of or relating to Phrygia or its people, language, or culture.
1. A native or inhabitant of Phrygia.
2. The Indo-European language of the Phrygians.


1. (Historical Terms) of or relating to ancient Phrygia, its inhabitants, or their extinct language
2. (Classical Music) music of or relating to an authentic mode represented by the natural diatonic scale from E to E. See Hypo-
3. (Classical Music) music (of a cadence) denoting a progression that leads a piece of music out of the major key and ends on the dominant chord of the relative minor key
4. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of ancient Phrygia
5. (Languages) an ancient language of Phrygia, belonging to the Thraco-Phrygian branch of the Indo-European family: recorded in a few inscriptions


(ˈfrɪdʒ i ən)
1. a native or inhabitant of Phrygia.
2. the extinct Indo-European language of the Phrygians.
3. of or pertaining to Phrygia, its people, or their language.
[1480–90; < Latin Phrygiānus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Phrygian - a native or inhabitant of PhrygiaPhrygian - a native or inhabitant of Phrygia  
denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, indweller - a person who inhabits a particular place
Colossian - a native or inhabitant of the city of Colossae in ancient Phrygia
2.Phrygian - a Thraco-Phrygian language spoken by the ancient inhabitants of Phrygia and now extinct--preserved only in a few inscriptions
Thraco-Phrygian - an extinct branch of the Indo-European language family thought by some to be related to Armenian
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Moreover, send a messenger quickly to the swift- horsed Phrygians, to tell my father and my sorrowing mother; and they will send you gold in plenty and woven stuffs, many splendid gifts; take these as bride-piece.
Phorcys, again, and noble Ascanius led the Phrygians from the far country of Ascania, and both were eager for the fray.
[1276b] say the men are the same, but the city is different: for if a city is a community, it is a community of citizens; but if the mode of government should alter, and become of another sort, it would seem a necessary consequence that the city is not the same; as we regard the tragic chorus as different from the comic, though it may probably consist of the same performers: thus every other community or composition is said to be different if the species of composition is different; as in music the same hands produce different harmony, as the Doric and Phrygian. If this is true, it is evident, that when we speak of a city as being the same we refer to the government there established; and this, whether it is called by the same name or any other, or inhabited by the same men or different.
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.
He met at the court of Croesus with Solon, Thales, and other sages, and is related so to have pleased his royal master, by the part he took in the conversations held with these philosophers, that he applied to him an expression which has since passed into a proverb, "The Phrygian has spoken better than all."
He wore a red woolen bonnet, exactly like the Phrygian cap in which Liberty is tricked out, a piece of head-gear in common use in this country.
The second program, on March 10, features Professor Theo van den Hout separating myth from legend in "Greed and Gold: Facts and Legends about Midas and the Ancient Phrygians."
In the Cain and Abel story found in the Quran, the text refers to them simply as "the sons of Adam." Ucar then fast forwards several thousand years to include the Lydians and Phrygians, both ancient societies who lived in western Anatolia, as well as the Roman Empire.
Simpson also suggests, drawing on ethno-archaeological evidence, that geometric patterns are often associated with genealogy and ancestors in traditional societies, but it does not hold that the same applies to the Phrygians (as she admits), and more importantly the idea that images and patterns have essential symbolic meanings has been thoroughly debated.
As it is located at the crossing point, it has been home to the Hittites, Phrygians, Lydian, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans.