Definition of Byzantine adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//baɪˈzæntaɪn//
    , BrE//ˈzæntaɪn//
    , BrE//baɪˈzæntiːn//
    , BrE//ˈzæntiːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪzəntiːn//
    [usually before noun] Architectural styles
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  1. 1connected with Byzantium or the Eastern Roman Empire
  2. 2 used to describe architecture of the 5th to the 15th centuries in the Byzantine Empire, especially churches with high central domes and mosaics See related entries: Architectural styles
  3. 3(also byzantine) (formal) (of an idea, a system, etc.) complicated, secret and difficult to change an organization of byzantine complexity
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin Byzantinus, from Byzantium, the ancient Greek city founded in the 7th century BC, rebuilt by Constantine the Great in AD 324-30 as Constantinople.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Byzantine