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[thuh-lahy-uh, they-lee-uh, theyl-yuh] /θəˈlaɪ ə, ˈθeɪ li ə, ˈθeɪl yə/
noun, Classical Mythology.
the Muse of comedy and idyllic poetry.
one of the Graces.
Origin of Thalia
< Latin < Greek Tháleia, special use of the adj.: rich, plentiful; akin to thallus Unabridged
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  • The Thalia was known formerly as the Bowery Theater, and its stage has supported nearly all the great actors of an earlier time.

    The Footlights Fore and Aft Channing Pollock
  • "I don't tell you everything nowadays, 'Thalia," he said, briefly.

    The Way to Peace Margaret Deland
  • Thalia, with a shepherds staff and a Silenus mask, endowed with an eternal smile, comforted man with more cheerful views.

    A Manual of the Historical Development of Art G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
  • As his "Thalia" was an "overture to an imaginary comedy," so this, to an imaginary tragedy.

  • The first wife wants to eat Thalia's children, diverses sauces, which greatly resembles Perrault's sauce Robert.

    Popular Tales Charles Perrault
  • Only the Thalia has waxed in stature: and perhaps in wisdom also: but that is not in her favour.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald Edward FitzGerald
  • The 'Thalia' only carried Judge Boyd's colours ten times, and won six prizes, value 150l.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • In the second volume are p. 18Molière, and his wife Armande, crowned by the muse Thalia.

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • They were invoked at festivals, and three cups were drunk by those who feasted in honour of Euphrosyne, Aglaia, and Thalia.

British Dictionary definitions for Thalia


noun (Greek myth)
the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry
one of the three Graces
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek, from thaleia blooming
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Thalia

fem. proper name, from Greek Thaleia, literally "luxuriant, blooming," from thallein "to bloom" (see thallus). Eighth of the Muses, presiding over comedy and idyllic poetry. Also one of the three Graces, patroness of festive meetings.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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