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

  • adj. Of or relating to the Volsci or their language.
  • n. The Italic language of the Volsci.
  • n. A member of the Volsci.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Or, or relating to, the people or language of the Volsci.
  • n. An inhabitant of Volsci, or a person of Volscian descent.
  • proper n. An Italic language formerly spoken by the Volsci and becoming extinct sometime after the 3rd century BC.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the Volscians.
  • n. A member of an ancient Italic people who dwelt southeast of Rome.
  • n. The language of the Volscians, related to Umbrian.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin Volscī + English -an


  • The _Times_ newspaper has ruffled the whole "Volscian" camp of Dissent, it appears, by thundering forth against them a charge of inciting their congregations to midnight crime.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843

  • Ancient Rome has become a modern city where hungry citizens rioting for grain are dispersed by troops wielding automatic weapons, and where TV news shows broadcast frequent updates of the Roman army's bloody campaign against its Volscian enemies—if it bleeds it leads indeed.

    Soderbergh Goes 'Haywire' With a Fast, Stylish Thriller

  • The most interesting of the other characters are Aufidius, the Volscian general, Menenius, Coriolanus 'friend in Rome, and Volumnia, his mother.

    April Books 3) From One To Zero: A Universal History of Numbers, by Georges Ifrah

  • The resonances would have been better if Rome had sounded musically distinct from the Volscian territories; also I think the Westminster/Yorkshire split is a poor parallel for the Roman/Volscian of the story - English/Welsh might have been better.

    April Books 3) From One To Zero: A Universal History of Numbers, by Georges Ifrah

  • It takes a war against the Volscian enemy to divert internal threats into external danger, and after the successful battle at Corioles, Caius Martius is given the honorific title "Coriolanus".

    Coriolanus – review

  • There he forms an alliance against Rome with his deadly Volscian enemy Aufidius Gerard Butler, the guerrilla fighter with whom he shares a warrior's code and a homoerotic attraction.

    Coriolanus – review

  • When Coriolanus 'Volscian troops threatened the city, Roman matrons, including his wife and mother, were sent to persuade him to call off the attack.

    The Tragedy of Coriolanus

  • Born Gaius Marcius, he was given the surname as a result of his action in capturing the Volscian town of

    The Tragedy of Coriolanus

  • You must report to the Volscian lords, how plainly

    The Tragedy of Coriolanus

  • The Romans were now at war with the Volscian nation, whose principal city was Corioli; when, therefore, Cominius the consul had invested this important place, the rest of the Volscians, fearing it would be taken, mustered up whatever force they could from all parts, to relieve it, designing to give the Romans battle before the city, and so attack them on both sides.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans


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