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Milesian

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[ mi-lee-zhuhn, -shuhn, mahy- ]
/ mɪˈli ʒən, -ʃən, maɪ- /
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noun Irish Legend.

any of the people from Spain who invaded Ireland and defeated the Tuatha Dé Danann, and who were the ancestors of the present Irish people.
(sometimes lowercase) an Irishman.

adjective

(sometimes lowercase) Irish.

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Origin of Milesian

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1765–75; Milēsi(us) (Latinization of Irish Miled, legendary Spanish king) + -an

Definition for Milesian (2 of 2)

Milesian2
[ mi-lee-zhuhn, -shuhn, mahy- ]
/ mɪˈli ʒən, -ʃən, maɪ- /

adjective

of or relating to Miletus.
Philosophy. noting or pertaining to a school of philosophers of the late 7th to early 5th centuries b.c., including Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes, which was primarily concerned with the nature of matter and change.

noun

a native of Miletus.

Origin of Milesian

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1540–50; <Latin Milēsius inhabitant of Miletus + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Milesian (1 of 2)

Milesian1
/ (maɪˈliːzɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to Miletus

noun

an inhabitant of Miletus
via Latin from Greek Milēsios

British Dictionary definitions for Milesian (2 of 2)

Milesian2
/ (maɪˈliːzɪən) facetious /

adjective

Irish

noun

an Irishman
C16: from Milesius, a fictitious king of Spain whose sons were supposed to have conquered Ireland
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