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Galilean1

[gal-uh-ley-uh n, -lee-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Galileo, his theories, or his discoveries.
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Origin of Galilean1

First recorded in 1720–30; Galile(o) + -an

Galilean2

[gal-uh-lee-uh n]
adjective
  1. of or relating to Galilee.
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Galilee.
  2. a Christian.
  3. the Galilean, Jesus.
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Origin of Galilean2

1605–15; < Latin Galilae(a) Galilee + -an
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Examples from the Web for galilean

Historical Examples

  • I think we could find all those Galilean fishers among the fishers of Penfer.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • And now it seemed as if that obscure Galilean rebel had conquered in the end.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • That unknown Galilean who died upon the cross had been stronger than her love.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • But of the fourth sect of Jewish philosophy, Judas the Galilean was the author.

  • The calendars of the world have been changed by the Galilean carpenter.


British Dictionary definitions for galilean

Galilean1

noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Galilee
    1. the Galileanan epithet of Jesus Christ
    2. (often plural)a Christian
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adjective
  1. of Galilee
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Galilean2

adjective
  1. of or relating to Galileo
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