[ soh-luh n ]
/ ˈsoʊ lən /


c638–c558 b.c., Athenian statesman.
(often lowercase) a wise lawgiver.
a town in N Ohio.
Related formsSo·lo·ni·an [soh-loh-nee-uh n] /soʊˈloʊ ni ən/, So·lon·ic [soh-lon-ik] /soʊˈlɒn ɪk/, adjectivepre-So·lo·ni·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for solon


/ (ˈsəʊlən) /


?638–?559 bc, Athenian statesman, who introduced economic, political, and legal reforms
Derived FormsSolonian (səʊˈləʊnɪən) or Solonic (səʊˈlɒnɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for solon



"legislator," 1620s, from Greek Solon, name of early lawgiver of Athens, one of the seven sages. Often, especially in U.S., applied (with perhaps a whiff of sarcasm) by journalists to Congressmen, township supervisors, etc. It also is a useful short headline word.

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