adjective (1)
Mi·​le·​sian | \ mə̇ˈlēzhən, (ˈ)mī¦l-, -ēshən \

Definition of Milesian

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : of or belonging to the ancient city of Miletus, Asia Minor, or to its residents
2 : 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


noun (1)
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plural -s

Definition of Milesian (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a native or resident of ancient Miletus
2 : a member of the Milesian school


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Definition of Milesian (Entry 3 of 4)

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


noun (2)
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plural -s

Definition of Milesian (Entry 4 of 4)

: 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

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History and Etymology for Milesian

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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