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[lid-ee-uh] /ˈlɪd i ə/
an ancient kingdom in W Asia Minor: under Croesus, a wealthy empire including most of Asia Minor.
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Barney, after all, was to gain everything from what he had to tell him, and Lydia was to lose; how much was Lydia to lose?

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  • Lydia said nothing, but she wondered what people could expect.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • In a few days Barbara arrived and found his mother unable to leave her bed, and Lydia Noe sitting beside her.

  • This was the day that Lydia's summer happiness felt the touch of blight.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • She was looking at Lydia with her kind look, but, Lydia could also see, compassionately.

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British Dictionary definitions for Lydia


an ancient region on the coast of W Asia Minor: a powerful kingdom in the century and a half before the Persian conquest (546 bc). Chief town: Sardis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Lydia in the Bible

(1.) Ezek. 30:5 (Heb. Lud), a province in the west of Asia Minor, which derived its name from the fourth son of Shem (Gen. 10:22). It was bounded on the east by the greater Phrygia, and on the west by Ionia and the AEgean Sea. (2.) A woman of Thyatira, a "seller of purple," who dwelt in Philippi (Acts 16:14, 15). She was not a Jewess but a proselyte. The Lord opened her heart as she heard the gospel from the lips of Paul (16:13). She thus became the first in Europe who embraced Christianity. She was a person apparently of considerable wealth, for she could afford to give a home to Paul and his companions. (See THYATIRA.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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