[ih-lizh-uh n, ih-lee-zhuh n]


of, relating to, or resembling Elysium.
blissful; delightful.

Origin of Elysian

First recorded in 1570–80; Elysi(um) + -an
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Examples from the Web for elysian

Historical Examples of elysian

  • I should like to see Buccellini, however, and have a globule of the Elysian essence.

  • They went about in a state of Elysian beatitude, these young people.

    An Old Meerschaum

    David Christie Murray

  • His Elysian gardens, thought he, were about to be snatched away.

    The False Chevalier

    William Douw Lighthall

  • Life seemed an elysian dream, from which care and sorrow must be for ever banished.

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • It would be a wonder if there are really Elysian fields, and in them shades of people.

    Quo Vadis

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

British Dictionary definitions for elysian



of or relating to Elysium
literary delightful; glorious; blissful
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Word Origin and History for elysian



1570s, from Greek Elysion pedion "Elysian field," where heroes and the virtuous live after death, from a pre-Greek word of unknown origin.

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