Origin of silesia
Definition for silesia (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for silesia
The small portion of that army which lay in Silesia was unprepared for hostilities.Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Frederic then turned upon the Russians, and drove them out of Silesia.
Their brethren of Silesia had aided them in this great achievement.
Frederick was free to withdraw from the war, and he was again recognised as sovereign of Silesia.The Marquis D'Argenson: A Study in Criticism|Arthur Ogle
At the same time, the Austrians gained no foothold in Silesia itself.
British Dictionary definitions for silesia (1 of 2)
Word Origin for silesia
British Dictionary definitions for silesia (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for silesia
former eastern German province, now southwestern Poland, from Latinized form of German Schliesen (Polish Slask), from the name of a river and a mountain there, from Silingi or Silingae, name of a Vandalic (Germanic) people who supposedly had a religious center at the mountain. Related: Silesian. In reference to cloth imported from there from 1670s, especially "a thin cotton cloth, commonly twilled, used for linings for women's dresses and men's garments."