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[mahy-duh s] /ˈmaɪ dəs/
Classical Mythology. a Phrygian king, son of Gordius, who was given by Dionysus the power of turning whatever he touched into gold.
a person of great wealth or great moneymaking ability. Unabridged
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  • "Oh, I suppose you can have the earth if you want it," retorted Midas, ruefully.

    Jack and the Check Book John Kendrick Bangs
  • Among the worshippers of Pan was a certain Midas, who had a strange story.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • She's going to be queen of their infernal Knights of Midas ball, that's what.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
  • The little boy who rode in the wagon with Gordius was Midas.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • Midas knew him as soon as the peasants had brought him to the king's palace.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
British Dictionary definitions for Midas


(Greek legend) a king of Phrygia given the power by Dionysus of turning everything he touched to gold
the Midas touch, ability to make money


noun acronym
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Word Origin and History for Midas

king of Phrygia whose touched turned everything to gold (including his food), 1560s. Some usages refer to the unrelated story of the ass's ears given him by Apollo for being dull to the charms of his lyre. The name is of Phrygian origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Midas in Culture

Midas definition

In classical mythology, a king who was granted one wish by the god Dionysus. Greedy for riches, Midas wished that everything he touched would turn to gold. He soon regretted his request. When he tried to eat, his food became inedible metal. When he embraced his daughter, she turned into a golden statue. On the instruction of Dionysus, he washed in a river and lost his touch of gold.

Note: A person who is very successful or easily acquires riches is sometimes said to have a “Midas touch.”
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Midas in Technology

A digital simulation language.
[Sammet 1969, p.627].

A Motif-based toolkit for interactive data analysis by T. Johnson, SLAC. The basis for the Midas-WWW browser.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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