Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • See Augustus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name.
  • proper n. The name of Augustus (Caesar) used between 44 and 27 BC

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Roman gens of the Octavii, or any member of it.
  • n. One of the members of a committee of finance appointed by James VI., in 1595, to control the Royal Exchequer: so called because eight members of the Secret Council composed the committee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Roman statesman who established the Roman Empire and became emperor in 27 BC; defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC at Actium (63 BC - AD 14)

Etymologies

From Latin Octavianus, derivative of Octāvius. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The young Octavian is just this sickly kid who's maybe a coward as well, and goes and hides in a marsh when there's a day of battle and all this sort of thing.

    The True Story Of 'Antony And Cleopatra'

  • Yes, it has some very thrilling moments, but, technically speaking, I still think Octavian is the better book.

    Poor Lois

  • Octavian is finally back on the shelves and I am going to have an opportunity to read it.

    Just announced:

  • But here's my go at it: Octavian is raised in an odd house where only he and his mother, a princess in exile, have names.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • Stylistically, I like the switch once Octavian is unable to speak of the horrors following the pox party; but I also found the letters written by a common soldier much easier to read (stylistically speaking.)

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • She asks about why Octavian is children's lit and frankly, I haven't seen anyone argue that point except Esme.

    An Interesting Post Over at Planet Esme

  • “Planks” was the code word Octavian and Agrippa employed when they spoke of Caesar’s war chest.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Even in his mind Agrippa never thought of him as Octavianus; he had been the first person to call Octavian by his adopted name, though now all his adherents did.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • (then known as Octavian) defeated Mark Antony at the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C. when he was

    Gen-X Rising

  • (Photo: Franco Biciocchi, courtesy HBO) Caesar's heir: "Octavian" calculates his next move.

    Rome Yet Again

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