- 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.
Examples from the Web for silesian
Neipperg and the generality of them, in that luckless Silesian Business?
And so, in effect, to give up the Silesian Invasion for this time.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.)
This is Friday, 16th December, his first night on Silesian ground.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XII. (of XXI.)
Then he went as assistant to the town band of the Silesian town of Grneberg.The Violoncello and Its History
Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
The Silesian native oxide of zinc contains from 11⁄2 to 11 per cent.
- of or relating to Silesia or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of Silesia
- a twill-weave fabric of cotton or other fibre, used esp for pockets, linings, etc
- 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
Word Origin and History for silesian
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."