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

  • Hadrian Originally Publius Aelius Hadrianus. A.D. 76-138. Emperor of Rome (117-138) who sought to end distinctions between Rome and the Roman provinces. During his visit to Britain (122), he ordered the construction of Hadrian's Wall.

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  • proper n. The Roman emperor Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus.
  • proper n. A male given name; a rare variant of Adrian

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

  • n. Roman Emperor who was the adoptive son of Trajan; travelled throughout his empire to strengthen its frontiers and encourage learning and architecture; on a visit to Britain in 122 he ordered the construction of Hadrian's Wall (76-138)


From the Latin Hadrianus, meaning from the Roman harbour Hadria (Adria). (Wiktionary)



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