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

  • adj. Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having beautifully shaped buttocks.

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

  • adj. pertaining to or having finely developed buttocks


From Greek kallipugos : kalli-, beautiful (from kallos, beauty) + pugē, buttocks.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek καλλίπυγος (kallipugos), from καλλι- (kalli-, "beautiful") + πυγή (pugē, "buttocks"). (Wiktionary)


  • I love you forever for not only knowing the word callipygian, but using it correctly in a sentance. *applause*

    Regretsy – Whitewash

  • Also, to use the word callipygian in my Sex Alliances Against Society

    King Dork by Frank Portman

  • I admit my soft spot for callipygian is mostly because I learned it, via temvald, from the Fucking Little Hobbit (a philosphy prof at the 'Ford, not someone's Billy Boyd fantasy).

    June 12th, 2004

  • Almost three centuries before Beyoncé boasted herself "bootylicious", one with an ample behind might have best been described as "callipygian". - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • He rather belabors the point on those occasions when Tom experiences empathy for others an emotion which he describes as feeling sorry for himself while pretending to be someone else, and really, Portman is being more than a little disingenuous when a kid whose vocabulary includes the word 'callipygian' can't put a name to empathy when he experiences it.

    King Dork by Frank Portman

  • Demant's utterly unique paintings are characterized by glamorous callipygian nudes, captive avian flocks, bloody images of sexual dominance, and the emotionally fraught — yet whimsical — lighting and landscapes associated with fairy tales.

    A Turkey Day dance recital

  • He also would have admired Swihart's recent paintings: callipygian female nudes, with no traces of visible brushwork.

    John Seed: Jon Swihart: Jean-Leon Gerome Is His Master

  • Clearly it is a picture of a callipygian women bending over.

    Regretsy – Whitewash

  • The Brooklyn-based magazine is hardly alone in its appreciation of callipygian cover models: Rolling Stone gave the world Jennifer Aniston's rump in March 1996 (not to mention Jim Carrey's pasty posterior a year before) and men's magazines like Smooth seem to exist solely to allow photographers to dream up new angles for capturing the curvature of models 'gluteus maximi.

    The Vice Guide To Covers: 'Butts Are Kinda Safe'

  • As much as the news may break the hearts of thousands of Democratic men, Obamagirl, in reality, is not the pulchritudinous callipygian who riffs on policy with Akon-esque beats, singing "you're into border security/let's break this border between you and me/universal health care reform/it makes me warm."

    Karen Russell: "I Got A Crush...On Obama!" How Should Campaigns Respond To Voter Generated Content?


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