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

  • adj. Of or relating to Miletus or its inhabitants.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Miletus.
  • n. Mythology A member of a people who invaded Ireland and became the ancestors of the Irish.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Ireland.
  • adj. Of or relating to Ireland; Irish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of a people in Irish mythology, the descendants of Míl Espáine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Miletus, a city of Asia Minor, or to its inhabitants.
  • adj. Descended from King Milesius of Spain, whose two sons are said to have conquered Ireland about 1300 b. c.; or pertaining to the descendants of King Milesius; hence, Irish.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Miletus.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Ireland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to Miletus, an ancient city of Caria, on the Ionic coast of Asia Minor, or to its inhabitants.
  • n. Anative or an inhabitant of the ancient Ionic city of Miletus in Asia Minor.
  • Pertaining to Ireland or the Irish race. See II.
  • n. A native of Ireland; a member of the Irish race: so called from the tradition of an ancient conquest and reorganization of the country by two sons of Milesius, a fabulous king of Spain.


From Latin Mīlēsius, from Greek Mīlēsios, from Mīlētos, Miletus.
After Milesius, legendary ancestor of the Irish people.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French Milesien, and its source Latin Mīlēsius, from Ancient Greek Μιλήσιος. (Wiktionary)


  • And in my opinion this sort of writing and composition is of the same species as the fables they call the Milesian, nonsensical tales that aim solely at giving amusement and not instruction, exactly the opposite of the apologue fables which amuse and instruct at the same time.

    Don Quixote

  • This is one of the three tragic stories of the Irish, which are: (1) The death of the children of Touran (regarding Tuatha de Danans); (2) the death of the children of Lear or Lir, turned into swans by Aoife; (3) the death of the children of Usnach (a "Milesian" story).

    Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol. 1 A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook

  • Here, all three trumpeters were playing with tight Milesian harmon mutes—and even still, you'd have no problem telling one from the others with your eyes closed.

    Teeming Trumpets, Jam Sessions

  • It is considered the oldest fragment of Western thinking - thus writes Heidegger in his famous essay on the even more famous sentence of the ancient Milesian philosopher Anaximander ca.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Although he was influenced in a number of ways by the thought and language of his predecessors, including the epic poets Homer and Hesiod, the poet and philosopher Xenophanes, the historian and antiquarian Hecataeus, the religious guru Pythagoras, the sage Bias of Priene, the poet Archilochus, and the Milesian philosophers, he criticized most of them either explicitly or implicitly, and struck out on his own path.

    Doctor, My Eyes

  • His views can be seen to embody structural criticisms of Milesian principles, but even in correcting the Milesians he built on their foundations.

    Doctor, My Eyes

  • When I first visited Miletus, in April 1961, it was completely deserted except for a goatherd and his flock, whose resonant bells broke the silence enveloping the ruins through which I wandered, the great Hellenistic theater, the cavernous Roman baths, the colonnaded way that led down to the Lion Port and its surrounding shops and warehouses, once filled with goods from Milesian colonies as far afield as Egypt and the Pontus.

    'Aladdin's Lamp'

  • The Lévy oinochoe, a wine jug from the seventh century B.C. in the Milesian "wild goat" style, is shown beside two contemporary but lesser versions with the same motif.

    How Do You Define One?

  • Herodotus was also familiar with the work of the Milesian natural philosophers, who made him inquisitive about aitiai, causes, responsibilities: not only what, for instance, produced the Nile flood, but also, crucially, and his second great theme, why and how Greeks and Persians came to fight each other.

    The Great Marathon Man

  • Parmenides 'strict monism, on Guthrie's view, took particular aim at the monistic material principles of Milesian cosmology:



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