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[soh-luh n] /ˈsoʊ lən/
c638–c558 b.c, Athenian statesman.
(often lowercase) a wise lawgiver.
a town in N Ohio.
Related forms
[soh-loh-nee-uh n] /soʊˈloʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
[soh-lon-ik] /soʊˈlɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
pre-Solonian, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Suddenly Solon stopped, pricked up his ears, and looked intently back towards the point whence we had come.

  • Handkerchiefs for the schoolmaster, stockings and gloves for Solon!

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Thus Solon gained due praise, that of two kings his advice saved one and instructed the other.

    No Cross, No Crown William Penn
  • I guess I was mistaken, or 'twas just one of Solon Taylor's young ones.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Why should she be forbidden to exhibit any other essences than those authorized by this metaphysical Solon?

    Soliloquies in England George Santayana
  • Solon marvelled, and desired to be informed of the particulars.

    Timaeus Plato
  • The government of the aristocracy came to an end under Solon's laws.

  • Tell us, said the other, the whole story, and how and from whom Solon heard this veritable tradition.

    Timaeus Plato
  • Solon consigned his wisdom to its couplets, and used it as a trumpet for awakening the zeal of Athens against her tyrants.

  • It must have been Solon who said: 'Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are.'

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for Solon


?638–?559 bc, Athenian statesman, who introduced economic, political, and legal reforms
Derived Forms
Solonian (səʊˈləʊnɪən), Solonic (səʊˈlɒnɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Solon



"legislator," 1620s, from Greek Solon, name of early lawgiver of Athens, one of the seven sages. Often, especially in U.S., applied (with perhaps a whiff of sarcasm) by journalists to Congressmen, township supervisors, etc. It also is a useful short headline word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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