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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.
References in classic literature ?
He never closed his eyes, but kept them fixed on the Pleiads, on late-setting Bootes, and on the Bear--which men also call the wain, and which turns round and round where it is, facing Orion, and alone never dipping into the stream of Oceanus--for Calypso had told him to keep this to his left.
He wrought the earth, the heavens, and the sea; the moon also at her full and the untiring sun, with all the signs that glorify the face of heaven--the Pleiads, the Hyads, huge Orion, and the Bear, which men also call the Wain and which turns round ever in one place, facing.
Tottering above In her highest noon The enamoured moon Blushes with love, While, to listen, the red levin(With the rapid Pleiads, even, Which were seven,) Pauses in Heaven