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[thee-of-uh-luh s]
  1. a walled plain in the 4th quadrant of the face of the moon: about 65 miles (105 km) in diameter.
  2. a male given name.
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Historical Examples of theophilus

  • Worse than all was the reprehensible conduct of Sir Theophilus Parker.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • You and Theophilus are never likely to agree; it is best for you to be apart.

  • Theophilus leaves the house under the ban of his father's anger.

  • And have Theophilus Thistledown for dinner that day instead?


    Zona Gale

  • But if this fellow, Theophilus Lovaway—did ever you hear such a name?

    Lady Bountiful

    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for theophilus


  1. a conspicuous crater in the SE quadrant of the moon, 100 kilometres in diameter
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Word Origin for Theophilus

after Theophilus (died 842 ad), Byzantine emperor and patron of learning


  1. died 842 ad, Byzantine emperor (829–42); a patron of learning and supporter of iconoclasm
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Word Origin and History for theophilus


masc. proper name, Greek Theophilos, literally "dear to God; loved by the gods," from theos "god" (see Thea) + philos "loved, beloved" (see -phile).

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