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 (sī-lē′zhə, -shə, sĭ-)
A region of central Europe primarily in southwest Poland and the northern Czech Republic. Settled by Slavic peoples c. ad 500, the region was long contested by various states and principalities. After World War I Silesia was partitioned among Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Much of the Czechoslovakian section passed to Germany and Poland after the signing of the Munich Pact in 1938. Germany occupied Polish Silesia from 1939 to 1945, and after World War II Poland annexed most of German Silesia. Upper Silesia, in southern Poland, is an important industrialized area.

Si·le′sian adj. & n.


 (sī-lē′zhə, -shə, sĭ-)
A sturdy twilled cotton fabric used for linings and pockets.

[After Silesia.]


(Placename) 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


(Textiles) a twill-weave fabric of cotton or other fibre, used esp for pockets, linings, etc
[C17: Latinized form of German Schlesien Silesia]


(sɪˈli ʒə, -ʃə, saɪ-)

a region in central Europe along both banks of the upper Oder River, mainly in SW Poland and the N Czech Republic.
Si•le′sian, adj., n.
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Noun1.Silesia - a region of central Europe rich in deposits of coal and iron oreSilesia - a region of central Europe rich in deposits of coal and iron ore; annexed by Prussia in 1742 but now largely in Poland
Europe - the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use `Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles
2.silesia - a sturdy twill-weave cotton fabric; used for pockets and linings
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"


nSchlesien nt
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Another popular destination for Silesians was Annaberg bei Haltern, a hilltop chapel dedicated to St.
Kluge suggested that Heinrich's commitment to the homeland was reflective of Silesians in general.
The forced removal from their homes stripped Silesians not only of their possessions and livelihoods but also of a homeland and indigenous culture that gave meaning to their earthly lives and foreshadowed a future life with God.
53) In another essay, Kaps compared the expulsions of his fellow Silesians and the devastating wartime damage to the Breslau Cathedral to the fate of the ancient Israelites, who also endured exile and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
In witnessing to these truths, Silesians and other exiles are modern-day prophets, and postwar German society would do well to heed the message.
In sharing their memories of the homeland, Catholic Silesians engaged in a still more ambitious project: reassembling the remnants of their shattered society.
A determined effort to present the twentieth-century history of Upper Silesia from the point of view of those Upper Silesians who consider themselves members of a separate (Silesian) nationality.
Czaja and Hupka, two Silesians who emigrated to West Germany from Soviet-occupied Poland.
During World War II, for example, Silesians were either called up into the Wehrmacht or were active in the resistance (and so, inevitably, ended up in concentration camps).
All this adds up to a cosmopolitan existence in a city where only Catholicism unites Poles with German-speaking Silesians.
A portrait of Silesian society of the recent past would have been enough to hold our interest, but Netz also introduces surrealistic dream sequences and the (symbolic?
Fernandez Bjerg's nomination was made by the Silesians Society of Puerto Rico and recommended to the Pope by the Archbishop of San Juan.