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[klee-oh; for 1 also klahy-oh] /ˈkli oʊ; for 1 also ˈklaɪ oʊ/
noun, plural Clios for 2.
Classical Mythology. the Muse of history.
any of a group of awards presented annually by the advertising industry for achievement in television commercials.
a female given name.
Origin of Clio
< Latin < Greek Kleiṓ, equivalent to klei- (stem of kleîn to make famous, celebrate) + suffix used for women's names Unabridged
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Contemporary Examples
  • Clio was named “Best New Restaurant” in Esquire magazine and “Best Restaurant in Boston” by Food & Wine.

Historical Examples
  • Clio, the muse of history and epic poetry, represented as seated with a half-opened scroll in her hand.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • "You are wrong, Conway; all wrong," Clio was saying, very seriously.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Clio sobbed in relief and Costigan, one arm around her, sighed hugely.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • "They probably won't fight us, at that," Clio first understood the situation.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Indeed, the people who hand out the Clio awards for advertising were so taken in as to award Mobil a first prize for these ads.

  • They prepared and ate another meal, one to which Clio did full justice.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • For this, Clio has abused me in language less befitting a Muse than a fishwife.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • Without a word into the transformers they seized Bradley and Clio.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Breakfast over and everything made tidy and ship-shape, Costigan turned to Clio.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for Clio


(Greek myth) the Muse of history
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, from Greek Kleiō, from kleein to celebrate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Clio

"muse of history, muse who sings of glorious actions," usually represented with a scroll and manuscript case, from Latin Clio, from Greek Kleio, literally "the proclaimer," from kleiein "to tell of, celebrate, make famous," from kleos "rumor, report, news; good report, fame, glory," from PIE *klew-yo-, from root *kleu- "to hear" (see listen). Related to the -kles in Damocles, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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