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  1. an ancient country in SE Asia Minor: later a Roman province.
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Related formsCi·li·cian, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples of cilician

  • The Cilician queen is said to have requested Cyrus to show her his army.

    The First Four Books of Xenophon's Anabasis


  • In the Cilician province, as it is called, is Mazaca,1091 the capital of the nation.

  • Andronicus was later given a second command on the Cilician frontier.

  • But we were getting out of the Cilician Plain and the Taurus was with us again.

  • Meanwhile the Easterns met at Seleucia near the Cilician coast.

British Dictionary definitions for cilician


  1. of or relating to Cilicia (an ancient region of SE Asia Minor) or its inhabitants
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Cilicia
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  1. an ancient region and former kingdom of SE Asia Minor, between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean: corresponds to the region around present-day Adana
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