Definitions

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

  • n. A priest, especially of an ancient Roman deity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A priest devoted to the service of a particular god, from whom he received a distinguishing epithet. The most honored were those of Jupiter, Mars, and Quirinus, called respectively Flamen Dialis, Flamen Martialis, and Flamen Quirinalis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A priest devoted to the service of a particular god, from whom he received a distinguishing epithet. The most honored were those of Jupiter, Mars, and Quirinus, called respectively Flamen Dialis, Flamen Martialis, and Flamen Quirinalis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity, a priest devoted to the service of one particular deity.

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

  • n. a priest who served a particular deity in ancient Rome

Etymologies

Middle English flamin, from Latin flāmen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • So deh ballrogg iz gonna takem down wit him. he lashez hiz flamen whip round gandalfcatz anklez 2 drag him down to see basement catz hous. gandalfcatz last words afor fallen down da big hole iz fly you foolz! and the hobbitzez all cry.

    Fly u foolz!! - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • He and his wife were shackled with taboos, particularly the flamen and flaminica Dialis; he was forbidden to see death, touch iron, have knots or buckles on his person, and much more.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • The flamen wore a circular, poncholike cape, the laena, and the apex, a close-fitting ivory helmet surmounted by a spike on which was impaled a disc of wool.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • But be the alleance of iern on his flamen vestacoat, the fibule of brooch-bronze to his wintermantle of pointefox.

    Finnegans Wake

  • In India, this duality is in the roles of the rajan and brahman; in Rome, of rex and flamen.

    Indic Ideas in the Graeco-Roman World

  • And therefore the archflamen or the flamen, as our archbishop or bishop, when he receiveth them saith thus: LA ELLEC

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Another reason for my disquiet concerns my own ancestors, for the first Cornelius to be cognominated Sulla was flamen Dialis.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • Of priests, Gaius Aurelius Cotta had been in the college the longest; Metellus Pius was not far behind, nor Flaccus the Master of the Horse and Princeps Senatus, who was also the flamen Martialis.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • Scuffling a little, Sulla got out of his chair and walked across to the couch where the garb of the flamen Dialis lay.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • On that exact same day of the year, the flamen Dialis was born.

    Fortune's Favorites

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  • a priest(ly) of a different god(ly)ness!
    uncertainly certain

    April 28, 2011

  • "...stalls, bulks, windows,
    Are smother'd up, leads fill'd and ridges hors'd
    With variable complexions; all agreeing
    In earnestness to see him: seld-shown flamens
    Do press among the popular throngs, and puff
    To win a vulgar station..."
    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009