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Salesian

[ suh-lee-zhuhn, -shuhn ]
/ səˈli ʒən, -ʃən /
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noun

a member of the Society of St. Francis de Sales, a congregation founded in Turin in 1845 and engaged chiefly in missionary and educational work.

adjective

of or relating to St. Francis de Sales or the Salesians.

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Origin of Salesian

St. Francis of Sales + -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for Salesian

Salesian
/ (səˈliːzjən, -ʒjən) /

adjective

of or relating to St Francis of Sales or to the religious orders founded by him or by St John Bosco in his nameSee also Visitation (def. 2)

noun

a member of a Salesian order, esp a member of the Society of St Francis of Sales founded in Turin by St John Bosco (1854), and dedicated to all types of educational work

Word Origin for Salesian

C19: from Sales
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