What does Gordian mean?

Definitions for Gordian

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Gordian.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gordianadjective

    extremely intricate; usually in phrase `Gordian knot'


  1. Gordianadjective

    Of or pertaining to Gordium, capital of Phrygia (now Yassihüyük in Turkey).

  2. Gordianadjective

    Of the Gordian knot.

  3. Gordianadjective

    Twisted; convoluted; tied as a knot.

  4. Etymology: From Gordium, derived from Greek Γορδιον (Gordion), the capital city of ancient Phrygia


  1. gordian

    Gordian is an adjective used to describe something that is extremely complex, difficult to solve, or inextricably complicated, often referring to a problem or situation. The term comes from the legend of the Gordian knot in Greek mythology, which was a knot so complicated that it was said only the future ruler of Asia could untangle it. It was eventually "solved" by Alexander the Great by cutting it with his sword, giving rise to the term "cutting the Gordian knot" to describe solving a complex problem in a decisive, bold way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gordianadjective

    pertaining to Gordius, king of Phrygia, or to a knot tied by him; hence, intricate; complicated; inextricable

  2. Gordianadjective

    pertaining to the Gordiacea

  3. Gordiannoun

    one of the Gordiacea

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gordian

    gord′yan, adj. intricate: difficult.—v.t. (Keats) to tie up, knot.—Cut the Gordian knot, to overcome a difficulty by violent measures—Alexander, unable to untie the fateful knot tied by Gordius, king of Phrygia, having cut it through with his sword.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gordian is ranked #56310 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gordian surname appeared 363 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Gordian.

    88.4% or 321 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    10.7% or 39 total occurrences were White.

Anagrams for Gordian »

  1. adoring

  2. idorgan

  3. roading

How to pronounce Gordian?

How to say Gordian in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gordian in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gordian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Gordian in a Sentence

  1. Gero Neugebauer:

    It is now up to Merkel to cut the Gordian knot and give a clear signal internally and externally that Germany cannot take in refugees without limits, and that she is still the mistress of the house.

  2. Megan Greene:

    Syriza and its creditors are stuck in a Gordian Knot, and both sides will need to cave on something. Neither Greece Greece nor Greece Greece creditors want Greece Greece to default or exit the eurozone, so a compromise will probably be found.

  3. Alexis Tsipras:

    At some point, we have to decide to cut the Gordian Knot, take collective action, and ignore the political consequences.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for Gordian

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for Gordian »


Find a translation for the Gordian definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"Gordian." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 7 Dec. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Gordian>.

Discuss these Gordian definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for Gordian? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
    • A. mitre
    • B. contempt
    • C. breastwork
    • D. muddle

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for Gordian: