adj 1: of or pertaining to the ancient Ionians who lived in Attica and related territories, to their Ionic dialect of Greek, or to their culture n 1: a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks 2: the ancient Greek inhabitants of Attica and related regions in Ionia
nounEtymology:Ionia, Asia Minor Date: 1550 1. a member of any of the Greek peoples who settled on the islands of the Aegean Sea and the western shore of Asia Minor toward the end of the second millennium B.C. 2. a native or inhabitant of Ionia • Ionianadjective
n. & adj. --n. a native or inhabitant of ancient Ionia in W. Asia Minor. --adj. of or relating to Ionia or the Ionians. Phrases and idioms: Ionian mode Mus. the mode represented by the natural diatonic scale C-C. Etymology: L Ionius f. Gk Ionios
Ionic I*on"ic, a. [L. Ionicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Ionia.] 1. Of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians. 2. (Arch.) Pertaining to the Ionic order of architecture, one of the three orders invented by the Greeks, and one of the five recognized by the Italian writers of the sixteenth century. Its distinguishing feature is a capital with spiral volutes. See Illust. of Capital. Ionic dialect (Gr. Gram.), a dialect of the Greek language, used in Ionia. The Homeric poems are written in what is designated old Ionic, as distinguished from new Ionic, or Attic, the dialect of all cultivated Greeks in the period of Athenian prosperity and glory. Ionic foot. (Pros.) See Ionic, n., 1. Ionic, or Ionian, mode (Mus.), an ancient mode, supposed to correspond with the modern major scale of C. Ionic sect, a sect of philosophers founded by Thales of Miletus, in Ionia. Their distinguishing tenet was, that water is the original principle of all things. Ionic type, a kind of heavy-faced type (as that of the following line). Note: This is Nonpareil Ionic.