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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A region of central Europe, spanning parts of present-day Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of linen cloth, originally made in Silesia, a province of Prussia.
  • n. A twilled cotton fabric, used for dress linings.

from The 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  • n. A fine brown holland, originally made in Silesia and now produced in England: it is glazed for window-shades or roller-blinds.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.

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

  • 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


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