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adjective (1)

: of or belonging to the ancient city of Miletus, Asia Minor, or to its residents
: belonging or relating to a Milesian school of nature philosophers of the 6th century b.c. who were mainly concerned with the basal stuff of which the world is made compare anaximandrian , thalesian


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noun (1)

plural -s
: a native or resident of ancient Miletus
: a member of the Milesian school


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adjective (2)

: belonging or relating to the legendary earliest Celts of Ireland
broadly : irish
the banshee haunts only members of the high Milesian race Padraic Colum


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noun (2)

plural -s
: one of a legendary early Celtic people of Ireland said to have come from Spain
broadly : irishman
a true Milesian, pious Catholic, and descendant of King Somebody Anthony Trollope

Word History


Adjective (1)

Latin milesius Milesian (from Greek milēsios, from Milētus Miletus) + English -an

Adjective (2)

Milesius (Miledh), mythical Spanish king whose followers are supposed to have conquered Ireland about 1300 b.c. and are regarded as the ancestors of most of the Irish + English -an

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“Milesian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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