Definition of Milesian in English:

Milesian

noun

  • A native or inhabitant of ancient Miletus.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So he seems to have been a much-traveled man, which is not astonishing, as the Milesians were known to be audacious sailors.’
    • ‘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.’

adjective

  • Relating to Miletus or its inhabitants.

    • ‘But the Milesian school of philosophers that Thales founded produced little consensus about the prote hyle or first matter that constituted everything.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Milesian

/mī-/