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Silesia

[si-lee-zhuh, -shuh, sahy-] /sɪˈli ʒə, -ʃə, saɪ-/
noun
1.
a region in central Europe along both banks of the upper Oder River, mainly in SW Poland and the N Czech Republic: formerly divided between Germany (which had the largest portion), Poland, and Czechoslovakia; by provision of the Potsdam agreement 1945, the greater part of German Silesia came under Polish administration; rich deposits of coal, iron, and other minerals.
German Schlesien.
Polish Śląsk.
Czech Slezsko.
Related forms
Silesian, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for silesian

Silesian

/saɪˈliːʃɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Silesia or its inhabitants
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Silesia

silesia

/saɪˈliːʃɪə/
noun
1.
a twill-weave fabric of cotton or other fibre, used esp for pockets, linings, etc
Word Origin
C17: Latinized form of German SchlesienSilesia

Silesia

/saɪˈliːʃɪə/
noun
1.
a region of central Europe around the upper and middle Oder valley: mostly annexed by Prussia in 1742 but became almost wholly Polish in 1945; rich coal and iron-ore deposits Polish name Śląsk Czech name Slezsko German name Schlesien
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Word Origin and History for silesian

Silesia

former eastern German province, now southwestern Poland, from Latinized form of German Schliesen (Polish Slask), from the name of a river and a mountain there, from Silingi or Silingae, name of a Vandalic (Germanic) people who supposedly had a religious center at the mountain. Related: Silesian. In reference to cloth imported from there from 1670s, especially "a thin cotton cloth, commonly twilled, used for linings for women's dresses and men's garments."

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