a bronzelike luster, sometimes with iridescence, occurring on certain minerals.

Origin of schiller

1795–1805; < German: play of colors, glitter




Ferdinand Can·ning Scott [kan-ing] /ˈkæn ɪŋ/, 1864–1937, English philosopher in the U.S.
Jo·hann Chris·toph Frie·drich von [yoh-hahn kris-tawf free-drikh fuh n] /ˈyoʊ hɑn ˈkrɪs tɔf ˈfri drɪx fən/, 1759–1805, German poet, dramatist, and historian.
Astronomy. an elliptical walled plain in the third quadrant of the face of the moon: about 112 miles (180 km) in length and 60 miles (100 km) in width. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of schiller

  • The story reads exactly like the story of Goethe and Schiller.

  • Was it not Schiller who said, 'Death cannot be an evil, for it is universal'?

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • He is the true countryman of his contemporaries Goethe and Schiller.



  • The authority of the name of Schiller is too great for his books.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • He could recite you for hours long the ballads of Schiller and the lyrics of Uhland; ah!

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for schiller



an unusual iridescent or metallic lustre in some minerals caused by internal reflection from certain inclusions such as gas cavities or mineral intergrowths. Formula: NaFe 3 B 3 Al 3 (Al 3 Si 6 O 27)(OH) 4

Word Origin for schiller

C19: from German Schiller iridescence, from Old High German scilihen to blink



Johann Christoph Friedrich von (joˈhan ˈkrɪstɔf ˈfriːdrɪç fɔn). 1759–1805, German poet, dramatist, historian, and critic. His concern with the ideal freedom of the human spirit to rise above the constraints placed upon it is reflected in his great trilogy Wallenstein (1800) and in Maria Stuart (1800)
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