Definition of Milesian in English:

Milesian

noun

  • A native or inhabitant of ancient Miletus.

    • ‘He produced a play about the Persian slaughter of the Milesians, a disaster that devastated the Athenians who were deeply partisan to the Milesian cause.’
    • ‘The only other recorded consultation about a treaty is by the Milesians early in the second century, at a period when they were referring an unusually wide range of issues to their own oracle at Didyma.’
    • ‘With the newly-invented money as the universal means of storing value, we can perhaps understand how it was the Milesians who came to ask the fundamental questions of Philosophy and Science.’
    • ‘This event had been foretold by Thales, the Milesian, who forewarned the Ionians of it, fixing for it the very year in which it took place.’
    • ‘So he seems to have been a much-traveled man, which is not astonishing, as the Milesians were known to be audacious sailors.’
    • ‘Heraclitus may be saying that the Milesians correctly saw that one stuff turns into another in a series, but they incorrectly inferred from this that some one stuff is the source of everything else.’

adjective

  • Relating to Miletus or its inhabitants.

    • ‘He produced a play about the Persian slaughter of the Milesians, a disaster that devastated the Athenians who were deeply partisan to the Milesian cause.’
    • ‘For more than a thousand years the kings and queens of England and Scotland have been crowned over this stone and, as the history of IRELAND reveals, the Milesian kings before them.’
    • ‘But the Milesian school of philosophers that Thales founded produced little consensus about the prote hyle or first matter that constituted everything.’
    • ‘I remember hearing/reading about studies concerning the Milesian Celts and whether or not they actually came from North Africa, but I've not been able to find anything of a serious nature on the subject online.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek Milēsios + -an.

Pronunciation:

Milesian

/mʌɪˈliːʃɪən//mʌɪˈliːʃ(ə)n/