from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to Paphos, a city of Cyprus sacred to Aphrodite (Venus), and containing one of her most celebrated temples.
  • Hence Pertaining to Aphrodite or her rites.
  • [lowercase] In conchology, of or pertaining to the Paphiidæ.
  • noun An inhabitant of Paphos; a Cypriot or Cyprian.
  • noun A prostitute.
  • noun [lowercase] In conchology, any member of the Paphiidæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A native or inhabitant of Paphos.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to Paphos, an ancient city of Cyprus, having a celebrated temple of Venus; hence, pertaining to Venus, or her rites.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective literary Pertaining to love or sexual desire, especially when illicit.
  • adjective Of or relating to Paphos, the mythical birthplace of the goddess of love on the island of Cyprus.
  • noun literary A prostitute.
  • noun A resident of Paphos.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin Paphius (from Ancient Greek Πάϕος ("Paphos")) + -an.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word Paphian.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • See comments on paphian.

    September 7, 2011