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Adrian

masc. proper name, from Latin Adrianus, properly Hadrianus, literally "of the Adriatic" (see Adriatic). A name taken by several popes, including the only English pontiff, Nicholas Brakespear (died 1159). The fem. proper name Adrienne, etc., when not a fem. form of this, is a transposition of Ariadne. Adriane is the usual form of Ariadne in Chaucer ("House of Fame," etc.).

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Definitions of Adrian

Adrian (n.)
Roman Emperor who was the adoptive son of Trajan; travelled throughout his empire to strengthen its frontiers and encourage learning and architecture; on a visit to Britain in 122 he ordered the construction of Hadrian's Wall (76-138);
Synonyms: Hadrian / Publius Aelius Hadrianus
Adrian (n.)
English physiologist who conducted research into the function of neurons; 1st baron of Cambridge (1889-1997);
Synonyms: Edgar Douglas Adrian / Baron Adrian
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