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noun (1)

ple·​iad ˈplē-əd How to pronounce pleiad (audio)
chiefly British
ˈplī- How to pronounce pleiad (audio)
: a group of usually seven illustrious or brilliant persons or things


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noun (2)

: any of the Pleiades

Word History


Noun (1)

French Pléiade, group of seven 16th century French poets, from Middle French, group of seven tragic poets of ancient Alexandria, from Greek Pleiad-, Pleias, from singular of Pleiades

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1710, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pleiad was in the 14th century


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Cite this Entry

“Pleiad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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