- Sapphic c.1500, from Fr. saphique, from L. Sapphicus, from Gk. Sapphikos "of Sappho," in ref. to Sappho, poetess of the isle of Lesbos c.600 B.C.E. Especially in reference to her characteristic meters; sense of "pertaining to sexual relations between women" is from 1890 (see LESBIAN (Cf. lesbian)).
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Sapphic — Sap phic, a. [L. Sapphicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Sappho.] 1. Of or pertaining to Sappho, the Grecian poetess; as, Sapphic odes; Sapphic verse. [1913 Webster] 2. (Pros.) Belonging to, or in the manner of, Sappho; said of a certain kind of verse reputed to … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Sapphic — can refer to: Related to Sappho, a 7th century BC poetess Sapphic stanza, a four line poetic form Sapphic love, related to female homosexuality See also Lesbian This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title … Wikipedia
Sapphic — Sap phic, n. (Pros.) A Sapphic verse. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
sapphic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (Sapphic) relating to the Greek lyric poet Sappho (early 7th century BC), or her poetry expressing love and affection for women. 2) formal or humorous relating to lesbians or lesbianism … English terms dictionary
Sapphic — [saf′ik] adj. [L Sapphicus < Gr Sapphikos < Sapphō] 1. of Sappho 2. [often s ] designating or of certain meters or a form of stanza or strophe used by or named after Sappho, esp. a stanza of three lines, of five or six stresses each,… … English World dictionary
sapphic — I. adjective Date: 1501 1. capitalized of or relating to the Greek lyric poet Sappho 2. of, relating to, or consisting of a 4 line strophe made up of chiefly trochaic and dactylic feet 3. lesbian 2 II. noun Date: 1586 1. a verse having the… … New Collegiate Dictionary
sapphic — UK [ˈsæfɪk] / US noun Word forms sapphic : singular sapphic plural sapphics relating to lesbians … English dictionary
Sapphic — /saf ik/, adj. 1. pertaining to Sappho or to certain meters or a form of strophe or stanza used by or named after her. 2. Lesbian (def. 2). n. 3. a Sapphic verse. [1495 1505; < L sapphicus < Gk sapphikós, equiv. to Sapph(ó) SAPPHO + ikos IC] * *… … Universalium
Sapphic — adjective /ˈsæf.ɪk/ a) Relating to the Greek poetess Sappho from Lesbos or her poetry. b) Relating to lesbianism; lesbian (also sapphic) See Also: sapphism … Wiktionary
sapphic — adjective /ˈsæf.ɪk/ Relating to lesbianism; lesbian. Clinton and I became peripherally involved with a pair of Leckford Road girls who, principally sapphic in their interests, would arrange for sessions of group frolic. Christopher Hitchens, [ … Wiktionary