What does Byzantine mean?

Definitions for Byzantine
ˈbɪz ənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn, ˈbaɪ zən-, bɪˈzæn tɪnbyzan·tine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Byzantineadjective

    a native or inhabitant of Byzantium or of the Byzantine Empire

  2. Byzantineadjective

    of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it

    "Byzantine monks"; "Byzantine rites"

  3. Byzantineadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium

  4. Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuousadjective

    highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

    "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"


  1. Byzantinenoun

    A native of Byzantium (modern-day Istanbul)

  2. Byzantinenoun

    Belonging to the civilization of the Eastern-Roman empire, between 331 A.D. when the capital was moved to Constantinople (now Istanbul) and up 1453 when it was conquered by the Turks.

  3. Byzantineadjective

    Overly complex or intricate.

  4. Byzantineadjective

    Of or pertaining to Byzantium.

  5. Byzantineadjective

    of a devious, usually stealthy manner, of practice.

  6. Etymology: From Late byzantinus itself from Byzantium

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Byzantine


  1. Byzantine

    Byzantine generally refers to the Byzantine Empire, which was the Eastern Roman Empire, centered in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. It existed from the 4th century until the 15th century when it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire. The term "Byzantine" is also used metaphorically to describe complex, intricate, or convoluted political, bureaucratic, or religious systems. It can also imply excessive complexity, excessive bureaucracy, or a difficult-to-navigate situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Byzantinenoun

    a gold coin, so called from being coined at Byzantium. See Bezant

  2. Byzantineadjective

    of or pertaining to Byzantium

  3. Byzantinenoun

    a native or inhabitant of Byzantium, now Constantinople; sometimes, applied to an inhabitant of the modern city of Constantinople


  1. Byzantine

    Byzantine is a heavy metal band from Charleston, West Virginia that formed in 2000. The band consists of frontman and co-founder Chris "OJ" Ojeda, Tony Rohrbough, Matt Wolfe and Michael "Skip" Cromer. They have released three studio albums on Prosthetic Records. Due to various circumstances the band reported their split on January 26, 2008, four days after the release of their third album, then reunited in 2010. Byzantine is known for its unique sound, technical, aggressive and melodic simultaneously, modern and "forward thinking" musical style, which explores different musical territories or song structures. On January 26, 2012 the band announced that they are recording a new album, with Tony Rohrbough returning.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Byzantine

    biz-an′tīn, biz′-, adj. relating to Byzantium or Constantinople.—n. an inhabitant thereof.—n. Byzan′tinism, the manifestation of Byzantine characteristics.—Byzantine architecture, the style prevalent in the Eastern Empire down to 1453, marked by the round arch springing from columns or piers, the dome supported upon pendentives, capitals elaborately sculptured, mosaic or other incrustations, &c.; Byzantine Church, the Eastern or Greek Church; Byzantine Empire, the Eastern or Greek Empire from 395 A.D. to 1453; Byzantine historians, the series of Greek chroniclers of the affairs of the Byzantine Empire down to its fall in 1453.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Byzantine in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Byzantine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Byzantine in a Sentence

  1. Jeffery Isaacs:

    Bank of America's structure is so convoluted and Byzantine that looking from the outside it is very hard to identify the correct corporate parties.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    Currently, agents have to navigate byzantine environmental rules and regulations to access federal lands, removing these restrictions would help untie the hands of our agents to patrol every inch of the border.

  3. Arizona Democratic:

    What we hear from startups is that they are facing a tough regulatory environment that is sometimes byzantine, confusing and expensive to comply with.

  4. Abu Rida:

    Our first thought is that the site is a cathedral or a church from the Byzantine period, during that era, there was a great interest among the Byzantine rulers to build churches in the Gaza Strip.

  5. Yana Tchekhanovetz:

    Christian pilgrims to the Land of Israel from all over the Byzantine Empire (Turkey, the Balkans, Greece and present-day Russia) would carry his icon to protect them from harm, it is probable that the ring belonged to a pilgrim who sought the protection of St. Nicholas on his travels.

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