[plee-uh d, plahy-uh d]


any of the Pleiades.
French Plé·iade [pley-yad] /pleɪˈyad/. a group of seven French poets of the latter half of the 16th century.
(usually lowercase) any group of eminent or brilliant persons or things, especially when seven in number. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of pleiad

  • But he inaugurates the pleiad of amateur, curious, and commercial travellers.

  • Yet, here was Hrdia and the Pleiad and de Vigny, all of whom were beloved exceptions.

    Guy and Pauline

    Compton Mackenzie

  • Yet, here was Hérédia and the Pleiad and de Vigny, all of whom were beloved exceptions.

    Plashers Mead

    Compton Mackenzie

  • Ever since there have only been six stars, the six maidens, in the Pleiad.

    Custom and Myth

    Andrew Lang

  • A bit of mould is a pleiad of flowers; a nebula is an ant-hill of stars.

    Les Misrables

    Victor Hugo

British Dictionary definitions for pleiad



a brilliant or talented group, esp one with seven members

Word Origin for pleiad

C16: originally French Pléiade, name given by Pierre de Ronsard to himself and six other poets after a group of Alexandrian Greek poets who were called this after the Pleiades 1



one of the Pleiades (stars or daughters of Atlas)
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