[thee-of-uh-luh s] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for theophilus

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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper