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[ee-oh-lee-uh n] /iˈoʊ li ən/
pertaining to Aeolus, or to the winds in general.
(usually lowercase) of or caused by the wind; wind-blown.
Origin of Aeolian1
1595-1605; Aeoli(us) pertaining to Aeolus + -an -an


or Eolian

[ee-oh-lee-uh n] /iˈoʊ li ən/
Also, Aeolic. belonging to a nation of people in ancient Greece named after Aeolus, its legendary founder.
a member of one of the four main divisions of the prehistoric Greeks.
Compare Achaean (def 5), Dorian1 (def 2), Ionian (def 3).
Aeolic (def 1).
1580-90; < Latin Aeoli(ī) (< Greek Aioleîs the Aeolians, with change of suffix) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for Aeolian
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  • They are ridges of Aeolian limestone plastered over by a thin layer of corals and other calcareous organisms.

  • It sounded as if the evening breeze were stirring Aeolian harps.

    Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • The breeze had now freshened till it was singing 125an Aeolian song in every wire and brace of the Golden Butterfly.

  • Suddenly there arose on the air a sound of sweet, soft music, like the gentle breathings of an Aeolian harp.

  • "My name is Manicamp," replied the young man, in a voice whose tones were as harmonious and sweet as the notes of an Aeolian harp.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • She had determined to keep her word to learn to speak, write, and compose verses in the Aeolian dialect of the Greek tongue.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • He had struck the piano, and the strings answered with a faint, Aeolian confusion.

    Dragon's blood Henry Milner Rideout
  • The soughing of the wind through the leafy boughs sounded like the faint music of Aeolian harps.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • He added, presently, a great Aeolian Orchestrelle, with a variety of music for his different moods.

  • The steamer whistles every minute; its whistle is midway between the bray of an ass and an Aeolian harp.

    Letters of Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov
British Dictionary definitions for Aeolian


of or relating to the wind; produced or carried by the wind
Word Origin
C18: from Aeolus, god of the winds


a member of a Hellenic people who settled in Thessaly and Boeotia and colonized Lesbos and parts of the Aegean coast of Asia Minor
of or relating to this people or their dialect of Ancient Greek; Aeolic
of or relating to Aeolus
denoting or relating to an authentic mode represented by the ascending natural diatonic scale from A to A: the basis of the modern minor key See also Hypo-
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Word Origin and History for Aeolian

c.1600, "of the wind," from Latin Æolus "god of the winds," from Greek Aiolos, from aiolos "quickly moving." Æolian harp first recorded 1791. The ancient district of Aiolis in Asia Minor was said to have been named for the wind god, hence Æolian also refers to one branch of the ancient Greek people.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Aeolian in Science
See eolian.
eolian also aeolian
Relating to, caused by, or carried by the wind. Loess is an eolian deposit.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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