- of Mount Parnassus
- of the art of poetry
- of the Parnassians
Origin of ParnassianClassical Latin Parnassius
Origin of ParnassianFr parnassien, after Le Parnasse contemporain, title of their first collection (1866)
- Of or relating to Parnassus.
- Of or relating to poetry.
Origin of ParnassianFrench parnassien, after Le Parnasse contemporain, (“The Contemporary Parnassus”), the group's first anthology of poetry (1866), after Parnasse, Parnassus (considered sacred to Apollo and the Muses), from Latin Parnassus, from Greek Parnasos. Adj., from Latin Parnassius, of Parnassus, from Greek parnasios, from Parnasos.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(comparative more Parnassian, superlative most Parnassian)
- Of or relating to Parnassus, as the source of literary (especially poetic) inspiration; (hence) of or belonging to poetry, poetic.
- From Gerard Manley Hopkins' writings: describing a style of poetry or language which can only be created by poets, but not in the language of inspiration.
- Of or relating to the Parnassianism movement of French poetry in the years 1850 to 1900, whose adherents rejected Romanticism and instead favored classicism with its formal structure and emotional detachment.
- (entomology) Of, relating to, or designating papilionid butterflies of the genus Parnassius or the subfamily Parnassiinae, consisting of the apollo butterflies.