Definition: Byzantium

From New World Encyclopedia


From Latin Bȳzantium, from Ancient Greek Βῡζᾰ́ντῐον or Būzántion, named after its legendary founder, Byzas.

Proper noun


  1. An ancient Greek city situated on the Bosporus in modern Turkey, named Constantinople in 330 C.E.; modern Istanbul.
  2. (historical) The Byzantine Empire.

Related terms


Byzantium (uncountable)

  1. A dark shade of purple, close to Tyrian purple and palatinate purple.


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