American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A region of central Europe primarily in southwest Poland and northern Czech Republic. Settled by Slavic peoples c. A.D. 500, the region was long contested by various states and principalities. After World War I Silesia was partitioned among Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Much of the Czechoslovakian section passed to Germany and Poland after the signing of the Munich Pact in 1938. Germany occupied Polish Silesia from 1939 to 1945, and after World War II Poland annexed most of German Silesia. Upper Silesia, in southern Poland, is an important industrialized area.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine brown holland, originally made in Silesia and now produced in England: it is glazed for window-shades or roller-blinds.
- n. A thin cotton cloth, commonly twilled, used for linings for women's dresses and men's garments.
- n. A region of central Europe, spanning parts of present-day Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of linen cloth, originally made in
Silesia, a province of Prussia.
- n. A twilled cotton fabric, used for dress linings.
- n. a region of central Europe rich in deposits of coal and iron ore; annexed by Prussia in 1742 but now largely in Poland
- n. a sturdy twill-weave cotton fabric; used for pockets and linings
“The NW has shipping, while Silesia is the heavy coal producer in Poland.”
“I was taught music, German and Greek by a German refugee from a Junker family in Silesia who had left home for England in the 1930s because he couldn't bear the Nazi government and what it was doing to his country.”
“McCaughey, Ray and Harold Gaby, were sent to Lamsdorf (Stalag VIIIB) in Silesia, which was in Poland, to work in coalmines and petrochemical works.”
“Even Prussia was never a major power until Frederick the Great stole Silesia from the Hapsburg.”
“Brenning conducted POW relief operations primarily in Silesia, working out of Breslau.”
“The Soviets had advanced a long way from the Vistula, but fortified pockets of German troops remained — around Königsberg, the old Prussian capital, and Danzig, at the mouth of the Vistula; at Breslau, in Silesia, and the Hungarian capital, Budapest, where they were desperately withstanding a siege that was to last six weeks and to tie down R.Y. Malinovsky's army group.”
“My mother's parents were farmers in Silesia, which has now become part of Poland.”
“My name seems to have its origins in Silesia where my father's family originated and there is a town in Poland now called”
“Domagk himself was, from the age of 14, at school in Silesia until he reached the upper sixth form.”
“I traveled clear across Germany to Stalag Luft III at Sagan, in Silesia (about 7 miles south east of Berlin)”
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