from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An ancient city of Bithynia in northwest Asia Minor. Dating from the fourth century B.C., it flourished during Roman times. The Nicene Creed was adopted at an ecumenical council convened here by Constantine I in A.D. 325.
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- proper n. An ancient city in Bithynia in Asia Minor, important during Roman and Byzantine times, on the site of modern-day İznik, Turkey, to which it gave its name. Famous as the site of first council of Nicaea in 325 AD, which composed the Nicene Creed.
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- n. the first ecumenical council in 325 which produced the wording of the Nicene Creed and condemned the heresy of Arianism
- n. an ancient city in Bithynia; founded in the 4th century BC and flourished under the Romans; the Nicene Creed was adopted there in 325
- n. the seventh ecumenical council in 787 which refuted iconoclasm and regulated the veneration of holy images
Via Latin Nīcaea, from Ancient Greek Νίκαια (Nikaia), from νίκη (nikē, "victory"). (Wiktionary)