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[soh-luh n] /ˈsoʊ lən/
c638–c558 b.c, Athenian statesman.
(often lowercase) a wise lawgiver.
a town in N Ohio.
Related forms
[soh-loh-nee-uh n] /soʊˈloʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
[soh-lon-ik] /soʊˈlɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
pre-Solonian, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Solon was enjoying his certainty that he held the key to the situation.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Handkerchiefs for the schoolmaster, stockings and gloves for Solon!

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Solon, regardless of his cooling kitchen, stood at the door and watched her.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • This was abolished by Solon, except in the case of unchastity.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • I guess I was mistaken, or 'twas just one of Solon Taylor's young ones.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The genealogies which you have recited to us out of your own annals, Solon, are a mere children's story.

    Timaeus Plato
  • Solon marvelled, and desired to be informed of the particulars.

    Timaeus Plato
  • Solon Eldridge was re-elected selectman and so also was Asaph Tidditt.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Tell us, said the other, the whole story, and how and from whom Solon heard this veritable tradition.

    Timaeus Plato
  • I have told you briefly, Socrates, what the aged Critias heard from Solon and related to us.

    Timaeus Plato
British Dictionary definitions for Solon


?638–?559 bc, Athenian statesman, who introduced economic, political, and legal reforms
Derived Forms
Solonian (səʊˈləʊnɪən), Solonic (səʊˈlɒnɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Solon



"legislator," 1620s, from Greek Solon, name of early lawgiver of Athens, one of the seven sages. Often, especially in U.S., applied (with perhaps a whiff of sarcasm) by journalists to Congressmen, township supervisors, etc. It also is a useful short headline word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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