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Cyrus

[sahy-ruh s]
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noun
  1. the Elderorthe Great, c600–529 b.c., king of Persia 558?–529: founder of the Persian empire.
  2. the Younger, 424?–401 b.c., Persian prince and satrap: leader of the armed conspiracy against his brother King Artaxerxes II.
  3. a male given name: from an Old Persian word meaning “throne.”
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  • Cyrus, my advice to you is to go home and tell your wife not to be a goose.

  • Cyrus said, and added a modest bad word; which made Gussie cry.

  • "Dr. Lavendar said 'there was no fool like a middle-aged fool,'" Cyrus agreed.

  • And off he stumped, leaving Cyrus staring after him, open-mouthed.

  • "Well, to-morrow I—" Cyrus got up and sidled towards the door.


British Dictionary definitions for cyrus

Cyrus

noun
  1. known as Cyrus the Great or Cyrus the Elder. died ?529 bc, king of Persia and founder of the Persian empire
  2. called the Younger. died 401 bc, Persian satrap of Lydia: revolted against his brother Artaxerxes II, but was killed at the battle of CunaxaSee also anabasis, katabasis
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Word Origin and History for cyrus

Cyrus

Latinized form of Greek Kyros, from Old Persian Kurush, a name of unknown etymology. In Hebrew, Koresh, and in that form taken c.1990 by Wayne Howell of Texas, U.S., when he became head of the Branch Davidian church there.

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