1. [syn: Byzantine Empire, Byzantium, Eastern Roman Empire]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Byzantine \By*zan"tine\ (b[i^]*z[a^]n"t[i^]n), a.
Of or pertaining to Byzantium. -- n. A native or inhabitant
of Byzantium, now Constantinople; sometimes, applied to an
inhabitant of the modern city of Constantinople. [Written
Byzantine church, the Eastern or Greek church, as
distinguished from the Western or Roman or Latin church.
See under Greek.
Byzantine empire, the Eastern Roman or Greek empire from a.
d. 364 or a. d. 395 to the capture of Constantinople by
the Turks, a. d. 1453.
Byzantine historians, historians and writers (Zonaras,
Procopius, etc.) who lived in the Byzantine empire. --P.
Byzantine style (Arch.), a style of architecture developed
in the Byzantine empire.
Note: Its leading forms are the round arch, the dome, the
pillar, the circle, and the cross. The capitals of the
pillars are of endless variety, and full of invention.
The mosque of St. Sophia, Constantinople, and the
church of St. Mark, Venice, are prominent examples of
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle East after
its division in 395 [syn: Byzantine Empire, Byzantium,
Eastern Roman Empire]