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

  • An ancient country of west-central Asia Minor on the Aegean Sea in present-day northwest Turkey. Noted for its wealth and the magnificence of its capital, Sardis, it may have been the earliest kingdom to use minted coins (seventh century B.C.).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A historic region of SW Asia Minor/Persia.
  • proper n. A woman converted by Paul; presumably named for ancestry or residence in Lydia.
  • proper n. A female given name of Greek or biblical origin, meaning "beautiful, noble one" or "woman from Lydia/Persia (see above)".

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

  • n. an ancient region on the coast of western Asia Minor; a powerful kingdom until conquered by the Persians in 546 BC

Etymologies

Ancient Greek Λυδία, said to be named for a king Λυδός (Lydus). From Ancient Greek Λυδία (lydia, "beauty, beautiful, noble one"). (Wiktionary)

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