Definition of Croesus

1. Noun. Last king of Lydia (died in 546 BC).

Generic synonyms: King, Male Monarch, Rex

2. Noun. A very wealthy man.
Generic synonyms: Have, Rich Person, Wealthy Person

Definition of Croesus

1. Proper noun. (context: historical) (Ancient Greek male given name) ¹

2. Proper noun. (context specifically) a king of Lydia, noted for his great wealth ¹

3. Proper noun. (context: figuratively) a rich person ¹

4. Proper noun. (alternative spelling of Croesus) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Croesus

Crocethia alba
Crock Pot
Crocodile River
Crocodylus niloticus
Crocodylus porosus
Crocq's disease
Crocus sativus
Crocuta crocuta
Croesus (current term)
Crohn's disease
Croix de Guerre
Cronartium ribicola

Literary usage of Croesus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Herodotus: A New and Literal Version from the Text of Baehr, with a by Herodotus, Henry Cary, Johann Christian Felix Bähr (1852)
"When he spoke thus to Croesus, Croesus did not confer any favour on him, and holding him in no account, dismissed him ; since he considered him a very ..."

2. The History of Herodotus by Herodotus, George Campbell Macaulay (1904)
"Croesus had done everything that was possible for him, and besides other things which he devised he had also sent messengers to Delphi to inquire concerning ..."

3. The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise by Henry Smith Williams (1904)
"The Siege of Sardis Croesus, believing the siege would be considerably protracted, sent other emissaries to his different confederates. ..."

4. Children's Literature: A Textbook of Sources for Teachers and Teacher by Charles Madison Curry (1921)
"In Tolstoy's story are two historical characters of so pronounced individuality that their names always suggest definite ideas—Croesus, riches and wordly ..."

5. Harper's Dictionary of Classical Literature and Antiquities by Harry Thurston Peck (1897)
"wife of Alyattes, wishing to remove Croesus, gave one of tlie cooks in the royal household a doso of poison to put into the bread she nitido for Croesus. ..."

6. The Story of Greece by James Albert Harrison (1892)
"Croesus saw the man coming, but his woe was so great that he did not care what happened to him, not minding whether or no he died beneath the stroke. ..."

7. The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind by Herbert George Wells (1920)
"This was Croesus, the Lydian king. His son had been killed in a very tragic manner ... Says Herodotus: " For two years then, Croesus remained quiet in great ..."

8. The Works of Sir Walter Ralegh, Kt by Sir Walter Raleigh, Thomas Birch, William Oldys (1829)
"Of Croesus the king of Lydia, who made war upon Cyrus. I HAVE in the last book spoken somewhat of Croesus, of his race and predecessors, as also of those ..."

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