silesia

[ si-lee-zhuh, -shuh, sahy- ]
/ sɪˈli ʒə, -ʃə, saɪ- /

noun

a lightweight, smoothly finished, twilled fabric of acetate, rayon, or cotton, for garment linings.

Origin of silesia

First recorded in 1665–70; named after Silesia

Definition for silesia (2 of 2)

Silesia
[ si-lee-zhuh, -shuh, sahy- ]
/ sɪˈli ʒə, -ʃə, saɪ- /

noun

a region in central Europe along both banks of the upper Oder River, mainly in SW Poland and the N Czech Republic: formerly divided between Germany (which had the largest portion), Poland, and Czechoslovakia; by provision of the Potsdam agreement 1945, the greater part of German Silesia came under Polish administration; rich deposits of coal, iron, and other minerals.
German Schlesien. Polish Śląsk. Czech Slezsko.

OTHER WORDS FROM Silesia

Si·le·sian, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for silesia (1 of 2)

silesia
/ (saɪˈliːʃɪə) /

noun

a twill-weave fabric of cotton or other fibre, used esp for pockets, linings, etc

Word Origin for silesia

C17: Latinized form of German Schlesien Silesia

British Dictionary definitions for silesia (2 of 2)

Silesia
/ (saɪˈliːʃɪə) /

noun

a region of central Europe around the upper and middle Oder valley: mostly annexed by Prussia in 1742 but became almost wholly Polish in 1945; rich coal and iron-ore depositsPolish name: Śląsk Czech name: Slezsko German name: Schlesien
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