- pertaining to Aeolus, or to the winds in general.
- (usually lowercase) of or caused by the wind; wind-blown.
Origin of Aeolian1
Origin of Aeolian2
Examples from the Web for aeolian
Historical Examples of aeolian
It was the most AEolian thing ever caught from a night-breeze by the soul of a poet.Diana of the Crossways, Complete
He's just a sort of AEolian harp that sings to the temper of the wind.Touch and Go
D. H. Lawrence
The threefold division into Dorian, Aeolian and Ionian must also be arbitrary.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music
David Binning Monro
It sounded as if the evening breeze were stirring Aeolian harps.Citizen Bird
Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
We owe to him the earliest counting-machine, and it was he who perfected the Aeolian harp, the speaking tube, and the microscope.The Jesuits, 1534-1921
Thomas J. Campbell
- of or relating to the wind; produced or carried by the wind
Word Origin for aeolian
- a member of a Hellenic people who settled in Thessaly and Boeotia and colonized Lesbos and parts of the Aegean coast of Asia Minor
- of or relating to this people or their dialect of Ancient Greek; Aeolic
- of or relating to Aeolus
- denoting or relating to an authentic mode represented by the ascending natural diatonic scale from A to A: the basis of the modern minor keySee also Hypo-
Word Origin and History for aeolian
c.1600, "of the wind," from Latin Æolus "god of the winds," from Greek Aiolos, from aiolos "quickly moving." Æolian harp first recorded 1791. The ancient district of Aiolis in Asia Minor was said to have been named for the wind god, hence Æolian also refers to one branch of the ancient Greek people.
- See eolian.
- Relating to, caused by, or carried by the wind. Loess is an eolian deposit.