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ˈdʒul yənju·lian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Julian, Julian the Apostate, Flavius Claudius Julianusadjective

    Roman Emperor and nephew of Constantine; he restored paganism as the official religion of the Roman Empire and destroyed Christian temples but his decision was reversed after his death (331?-363)

  2. Julianadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of Julius Caesar

    "the Julian calendar"


  1. Julianadjective

    of, or relating to Julius Caesar

  2. Juliannoun

    The Roman emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus or Julian the Apostate.

  3. Juliannoun

    derived, via Julianus from Julius

  4. Juliannoun

    derived from Juliana. It was popular in medieval England but today mostly appears in the form Gillian.


  1. julian

    "Julian" can refer to multiple entities depending on the context. 1) Julian Calendar: A calendar introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC, which was widely used before the Gregorian calendar. It has a regular year of 365.25 days divided into 12 months. 2) Julian as a name: It is a popular male first name derived from Julianus, which was the name of the last pagan Roman emperor, Julian the Apostate. It can also be used as a surname. 3) Julian, a city in California: A historic gold mining town located approximately an hour east of San Diego. It is well-known for its apple pies and its annual Apple Days Festival. 4) Saint Julian: Various Christian saints with the name Julian, including Saint Julian the Hospitaller, patron saint of travelers, and St. Julian of Norwich, a prominent Christian mystic. 5) Julian date or Julian day number (JDN): a system of time measurement used primarily by astronomers, which counts the number of days that have passed since the initial epoch defined as noon Universal Time (UT) Monday, 1 January 4713 BC in the Julian calendar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Julianadjective

    relating to, or derived from, Julius Caesar

  2. Etymology: [L. Julianus, fr. Julius. Cf. July, Gillian.]


  1. Julian

    Julian, also known as Julian the Apostate, as well as Julian the Philosopher, was Roman Emperor from 361 to 363 and a noted philosopher and Greek writer. A member of the Constantinian dynasty, Constantius II made him Caesar over the western provinces in 355, where he campaigned successfully against the Alamanni and Franks. Most notable was his crushing victory over the Alamanni in 357 at the Battle of Argentoratum despite being outnumbered. In 360 in Lutetia he was acclaimed Augustus by his soldiers, sparking a civil war between Julian and Constantius. Before the two could face each other in battle, however, Constantius died, after naming Julian as his rightful successor. In 363, Julian embarked on an ambitious campaign against the Sassanid Empire. Though initially successful, Julian was mortally wounded in battle and died shortly thereafter. Julian was a man of unusually complex character: he was "the military commander, the theosophist, the social reformer, and the man of letters". He was the last non-Christian ruler of the Roman Empire, and it was his desire to bring the Empire back to its ancient Roman values in order to save it from dissolution. He purged the top-heavy state bureaucracy and attempted to revive traditional Roman religious practices at the cost of Christianity. His rejection of Christianity in favour of Neoplatonic paganism caused him to be called Julian the Apostate by the church. He was the last emperor of the Constantinian dynasty, the empire's first Christian dynasty.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Julian

    jōōl′yan, adj. pertaining to C. Julius Cæsar (B.C. 100-44).—Julian year (see Year).

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Julian is ranked #2349 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Julian surname appeared 15,520 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Julian.

    71.5% or 11,111 total occurrences were White.
    12.1% or 1,886 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    7.7% or 1,197 total occurrences were Black.
    5% or 790 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.9% or 304 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 231 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Julian in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Julian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Julian in a Sentence

  1. Julian Fellowes:

    Is Julian Fellowes trying to take credit for writing my novel? If not why is his photograph linked with it?

  2. Brian Hoyer:

    The whole team is there. And it turns into a beer-chugging contest. You have linemen, Julian Edelman, Tom Brady all think Tom Brady are going to win, then someone says : ‘ I heard Tom Brady is really great at chugging a beer. ’ We do n’t usually get to experience Julian Edelman like this, but we finally coax Julian Edelman into doing it. Julian Edelman does it, and let me tell you, you could n’t have poured out the beer faster into a glass. It was unbelievable. And Julian Edelman slams the mug on the table and puts both fists in the air.

  3. Gareth Neame:

    I would not be inclined to try and keep the show alive without Julian Fellowes, Julian Fellowes is the creator of the show, Julian Fellowes's written every episode, Julian Fellowes's created all of those characters and it's just been a fantastic partnership, but it really isn't the case that Julian Fellowes has said,' I want out, I want to do other things' and everyone else has been forced.

  4. Melinda Taylor:

    For the last eight years, the UK has refused to either confirm or deny that they have received an extradition request from the US. At the same time, they have refused to provide assurances that Julian Assange will not be extradited to the US if such a request were to be received, and maintained an ever-present vigil of the Embassy, notwithstanding a UN directive to take steps to ensure Julian's immediate liberty, their silence speaks volumes, particularly in light of recent statements from Melinda Taylor officials that Julian's arrest and extradition are a priority.

  5. Stella Moris:

    For every day that this colossal injustice is allowed to continue, Julian’s situation grows increasingly desperate, julian has been denied the love and affection of his family for so long. Julian and the kids will never get this time back. This shouldn’t be happening.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. naiant
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