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[thuh-lahy-uh, they-lee-uh, theyl-yuh]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. the Muse of comedy and idyllic poetry.
  2. one of the Graces.
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Origin of Thalia

< Latin < Greek Tháleia, special use of the adj.: rich, plentiful; akin to thallus
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  • Only the Thalia has waxed in stature: and perhaps in wisdom also: but that is not in her favour.

  • In the second volume are p. 18Molière, and his wife Armande, crowned by the muse Thalia.

    The Library

    Andrew Lang

  • "I don't tell you everything nowadays, 'Thalia," he said, briefly.

    The Way to Peace

    Margaret Deland

  • As his "Thalia" was an "overture to an imaginary comedy," so this, to an imaginary tragedy.

  • What had Thalia been about to allow the message of that morning to creep into her comedy?

British Dictionary definitions for thalia


noun Greek myth
  1. the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry
  2. one of the three Graces
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Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek, from thaleia blooming
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Word Origin and History for thalia


fem. proper name, from Greek Thaleia, literally "luxuriant, blooming," from thallein "to bloom" (see thallus). Eighth of the Muses, presiding over comedy and idyllic poetry. Also one of the three Graces, patroness of festive meetings.

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