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Theophilus

[thee-of-uh-luh s]
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noun
  1. a walled plain in the 4th quadrant of the face of the moon: about 65 miles (105 km) in diameter.
  2. a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for theophilus

Historical Examples

  • Worse than all was the reprehensible conduct of Sir Theophilus Parker.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • You and Theophilus are never likely to agree; it is best for you to be apart.

  • Theophilus leaves the house under the ban of his father's anger.

  • And have Theophilus Thistledown for dinner that day instead?

    Christmas

    Zona Gale

  • But if this fellow, Theophilus Lovaway—did ever you hear such a name?

    Lady Bountiful

    George A. Birmingham


British Dictionary definitions for theophilus

Theophilus1

noun
  1. a conspicuous crater in the SE quadrant of the moon, 100 kilometres in diameter

Word Origin

after Theophilus (died 842 ad), Byzantine emperor and patron of learning

Theophilus2

noun
  1. died 842 ad, Byzantine emperor (829–42); a patron of learning and supporter of iconoclasm
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Word Origin and History for theophilus

Theophilus

masc. proper name, Greek Theophilos, literally "dear to God; loved by the gods," from theos "god" (see Thea) + philos "loved, beloved" (see -phile).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper