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[soh-luh n]
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  1. c638–c558 b.c., Athenian statesman.
  2. (often lowercase) a wise lawgiver.
  3. a town in N Ohio.
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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
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Related Words for solon

scholar, expert, professor, intellectual, philosopher, buff, cognoscenti, thinker, auger, egghead, savant, brain, bookworm, teacher, solon

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Historical Examples of solon

  • Solon was enjoying his certainty that he held the key to the situation.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Solon, regardless of his cooling kitchen, stood at the door and watched her.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Handkerchiefs for the schoolmaster, stockings and gloves for Solon!

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • This was abolished by Solon, except in the case of unchastity.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • I guess I was mistaken, or 'twas just one of Solon Taylor's young ones.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for solon


  1. ?638–?559 bc, Athenian statesman, who introduced economic, political, and legal reforms
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Derived FormsSolonian (səʊˈləʊnɪən) or Solonic (səʊˈlɒnɪk), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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