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[suh-lee-zhuh n, -shuh n]Roman Catholic Church
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  1. a member of the Society of St. Francis de Sales, a congregation founded in Turin in 1845 and engaged chiefly in missionary and educational work.
  1. of or relating to St. Francis de Sales or the Salesians.

Origin of Salesian

St. Francis of Sales + -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for salesian


  1. of or relating to St Francis of Sales or to the religious orders founded by him or by St John Bosco in his nameSee also Visitation (def. 2)
  1. a member of a Salesian order, esp a member of the Society of St Francis of Sales founded in Turin by St John Bosco (1854), and dedicated to all types of educational work

Word Origin

C19: from Sales
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