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[klee-oh; for 1 also klahy-oh]
noun, plural Cli·os for 2.
  1. Classical Mythology. the Muse of history.
  2. any of a group of awards presented annually by the advertising industry for achievement in television commercials.
  3. a female given name.
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Origin of Clio

< Latin < Greek Kleiṓ, equivalent to klei- (stem of kleîn to make famous, celebrate) + suffix used for women's names
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  1. Greek myth the Muse of history
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin, from Greek Kleiō, from kleein to celebrate
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Word Origin and History for clio


"muse of history, muse who sings of glorious actions," usually represented with a scroll and manuscript case, from Latin Clio, from Greek Kleio, literally "the proclaimer," from kleiein "to tell of, celebrate, make famous," from kleos "rumor, report, news; good report, fame, glory," from PIE *klew-yo-, from root *kleu- "to hear" (see listen). Related to the -kles in Damocles, etc.

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