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Croesus

[kree-suh s]
noun, plural Croe·sus·es, Croe·si [kree-sahy] /ˈkri saɪ/ for 2.
  1. died 546 b.c., king of Lydia 560–546: noted for his great wealth.
  2. a very rich man.
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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.

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    Xenophon

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

    Cyropaedia

    Xenophon

  • 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

Croesus

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

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with croesus

Croesus

see rich as croesus.

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