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chiliad

[kil-ee-ad]
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noun
  1. a group of 1000.
  2. a period of 1000 years.

Origin of chiliad

1590–1600; < Late Latin chīliad- (stem of chīlias) < Greek, equivalent to chī́li(oi) 1000 + -ad- -ad1
Related formschil·i·ad·al, chil·i·ad·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for chiliad

Historical Examples

  • Or, from the Greek, chiliad; and hence the word chiliasm, expressing the belief in a millennium.

    Anarchism

    E. V. Zenker

  • These probably included the logarithms of the first chiliad which he published in 1617.


British Dictionary definitions for chiliad

chiliad

noun
  1. a group of one thousand
  2. one thousand years
Derived Formschiliadal or chiliadic, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Greek khilias, from khilioi a thousand
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Word Origin and History for chiliad

n.

"group of 1,000" (of the same sort), 1590s, from Latinized form of Greek khiliados, from khilioi "a thousand; the number 1,000" (see chiliasm).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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