Platonic friends spending time together at a coffee shop.
An example of platonic is the type of friendship shared by a man and a woman who are married to other people.
- of or characteristic of Plato or his philosophy
- idealistic, visionary, or impractical
- [usuallyp-] designating or of a relationship, or love, between a man and a woman that is purely spiritual or intellectual and without sexual activity
Origin of PlatonicClassical Latin Platonicus from Classical Greek Plat?nikos
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of Plato or his philosophy: Platonic dialogues; Platonic ontology.
- often platonic Friendly or affectionate without involving sexual relations: platonic love.
- often platonic Speculative or theoretical.
Origin of PlatonicAfter Plato
(comparative more platonic, superlative most platonic)
- Not sexual in nature; being or exhibiting platonic love.
- They are good friends, but their relationship is strictly platonic.
- Alternative capitalization of platonic (of or relating to the philosophical views of Plato and his successors).
Variant of Platonic, which see. The sense “non-sexual" dates to the 17th century in English, and to the 15th century in Latin; see platonic love for details.
- Of or relating to the ancient Greek philosopher Plato or his philosophies.
- Alternative capitalization of platonic (non-sexual).