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 (plē′əd, -ăd′, plī′-)
n. pl. Ple·ia·des (plē′ə-dēz′, plī′-)
1. One of the Pleiades.
2. often pleiad A group of seven illustrious persons.

[Back-formation from Pleiades.]


(Art Terms) a brilliant or talented group, esp one with seven members
[C16: originally French Pléiade, name given by Pierre de Ronsard to himself and six other poets after a group of Alexandrian Greek poets who were called this after the Pleiades1]


(Classical Myth & Legend) one of the Pleiades


(ˈpli əd, ˈplaɪ əd)

1. any of the Pleiades.
2. (usu. l.c.) any group of eminent or brilliant persons or things, esp. when seven in number.


 a close group or cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, 1388; hence. a group of brilliant persons or outstanding things.
Examples: pleiad of French poets, 1838; of stars, 1388; of writers, 1882.
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The Venetian Bracelet, The Lost Pleiad, A History of the Lyre, and Other Poems.
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Thanks, old buddy," I thought, reminded of how Gabriel sent to my office a pleiad of nymphs who fancied themselves poetesses, who shyly clutched their ubiquitous composition book--with a famous actor's picture on the cover--which contained the verses they thought were as good as Alejandra Pizarnik's.
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A generation younger than Tadeusz Rozewicz, Zbigniew Herbert, and Wislawa Szymborska--the pleiad of Polish poets referred to by Milosz as "poets of ruins'--Zagajewski's historical awareness stems less from memory than knowledge and imagination.