Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Croesus 1 Died c. 546 B.C. Last king of Lydia (560-546) whose kingdom, which had prospered during his reign, fell to the Persians under Cyrus.
  • n. A very wealthy man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name
  • proper n. a king of Lydia, noted for his great wealth
  • proper n. a rich person

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. last king of Lydia (died in 546 BC)
  • n. a very wealthy man

Etymologies

After Croesus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Κροῖσος (Kroisos) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Croesus nōn semper mānsit rēx, _Croesus did not always remain king_.

    New Latin Grammar

  • Trimalchio himself then favored us with an impersonation of a man blowing a trumpet, and when he had finished, he looked around for his minion, whom he called Croesus, a blear-eyed slave whose teeth were very disagreeably discolored.

    Satyricon

  • “There, Croesus, that is treasure number one; and now run through the rest, and count what sums I have in hand, in case I need them.”

    Cyropaedia

  • All of Bushco, indicted, imprisoned, or nothing, will be rich beyond Croesus, which is what Bush and Cheney already are.

    Think Progress » Senior Administration Officials Could Be Charged With Criminal Conspiracy

  • Most of the regulars seem pretty cool, but this one guy, who uses the name "Croesus," is my favorite.

    ana-ng Diary Entry

  • I feel I should point out here that my character "Croesus" is in no way based on anything I have seen on that messageboard/legal disclaimer.

    ana-ng Diary Entry

  • "Croesus" for your daughter, and the little tricks you played to bring that marriage about.

    Worldly Ways and Byways

  • "The Croesus was a Mediterranean casino cruise so exclusive that even the rich and famous needed written invitations just to board.

    The Sinister Six Combo

  • 'Croesus' gives 13-year-old girl top spot in Japan's 1st spelling bee Antiwhaling activist to be detained for 10 days on ship trespassing charge Nago mayor slams gov't for considering relocating Futenma to Camp Schwab

    Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

  • If every American had ready access to the basic necessities of life—food, clothing, shelter and health care—no one would justly begrudge a millionaire as rich as Croesus.

    Fairness, Envy and Kardashian's Taxes

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