[kree-suh s]

noun, plural Croe·sus·es, Croe·si [kree-sahy] /ˈkri saɪ/ for 2.

died 546 b.c., king of Lydia 560–546: noted for his great wealth.
a very rich man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of croesus

Historical Examples of croesus

  • Then they asked him if he would excuse them from one duty, service against Croesus.



  • Croesus, they said, was the only leader who knew them; for the rest, they were content to agree.



  • I exclaimed, "you are the possessor of this knife, and you are not as rich as Croesus?"

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I do not know what your means may be, but this I do know, that if you were a Croesus, you would be a beggar.

  • Hearing this Cambyses was pleased, and commended the judgment of Croesus.

British Dictionary definitions for croesus



died ?546 bc, the last king of Lydia (560–546), noted for his great wealth
any very rich man
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Word Origin and History for croesus


from Latinized form of Greek Kroisis, 6c. B.C.E. king of Lydia in Asia Minor, famously wealthy; hence "rich man" or in other allusions to riches, from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with croesus


see rich as croesus.

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