adjective (1)
ae·​o·​lian | \ ē-ˈō-lē-ən How to pronounce aeolian (audio) , ē-ˈōl-yən \

Definition of aeolian

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 often capitalized : of or relating to Aeolus
2 : giving forth or marked by a moaning or sighing sound or musical tone produced by or as if by the wind


adjective (2)

less common spelling of

: borne, deposited, produced, or eroded by the wind


adjective (3)
Ae·​o·​lian | \ ē-ˈō-lē-ən How to pronounce Aeolian (audio) , ā- How to pronounce Aeolian (audio) , -ˈōl-yən \

Definition of Aeolian (Entry 3 of 4)

: of or relating to Aeolis or its inhabitants



Definition of Aeolian (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : a member of a group of Greek peoples of Thessaly and Boeotia that colonized Lesbos and the adjacent coast of Asia Minor
2 : aeolic

Examples of aeolian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The cooling effect of fragrant terpene aerosols from coniferous boreal forests was decreasing, and aeolian accumulations of dust on the Loess Plateau indicated that human existence did not coincide with a high-carbon atmosphere until 1965. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of aeolian

Adjective (1)

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1853, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (3)

1567, in the meaning defined above


1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aeolian

Adjective (1)

Aeolus, god of the winds (borrowed from Latin, borrowed from Greek Aíolos) + -ian entry 2

Adjective (3)

Aeolis, Aeolia, ancient territory in Asia Minor (borrowed from Latin, borrowed from Greek Aiolís) + -an entry 2


derivative of aeolian entry 1

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“Aeolian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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