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 (kĭl′ē-ăd′, -əd)
1. A group that contains 1,000 elements.
2. One thousand years; a millennium.

[Late Latin chīlias, chīliad-, from Greek khīlias, from khīlioi, thousand; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Mathematics) a group of one thousand
2. (Units) one thousand years
[C16: from Greek khilias, from khilioi a thousand]
ˌchiliˈadal, ˌchiliˈadic adj
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(ˈkɪl iˌæd)

1. a group of 1000.
2. a period of 1000 years.
[1590–1600; < Late Latin chīliad-, s. of chīlias < Greek, derivative of chilioi 1000; see -ad1]
chil`i•ad′al, chil`i•ad′ic, adj.
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 a group of 1,000 things or years.
Examples: chiliad of cross fortunes, 1598; of years before Christ, 1876.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chiliad - the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
large integer - an integer equal to or greater than ten
millenary - a sum or aggregate of one thousand (especially one thousand years)
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References in classic literature ?
His chief work was a poem, "Chiliades", in accentual verse of nearly 13,000 lines.
(15.) Erasmus, Adagiorum chiliades, Opera omnia, (Veneria: Aldus, 1508), 2.13F-14F.
Esso figurera dapprima, nella medesima forma in cui lo si ritrova nell'epistola polizianea, all'interno dei Collectanea (1500), (47) quindi, a partire dall'edizione aldina del 150 8, (48) nelle Adagiorum chiliades, dove il frammento e stampato da Erasmo nella sua interezza, grazie al fatto che, nell'ambito del soggiorno veneziano, 'Im Jahre 1508 standen ihm mehr Quellen zur Verfiigung.' (49) La dipendenza di Erasmo da Poliziano e resa ancor piu manifesta dal fatto che l'erudito olandese intitola il capitoletto dedicato a tale proverbio Amussis alba, laddove amussis, come visto, e proprio il sinonimo che l'umanista suggeriva per linea.
The poet of Joachim du Bellay's Les Regrets et autres oeuvres poe-tiques displays an inordinate fondness for proverbs, which links him not only to the author of the Adagiorwn Chiliades but also to the speaker of the Encomium Moriae.
Where the Church Fathers had conceptualized the Christian right to pagan literature on the model of spoils of war -a hostile appropriation -Erasmus transformed their metaphors into a sharing between friends, epitomized in the opening Pythagorean adage of the 4000 proverbs collected in his Adagiorum chiliades, 'amicorum communia omnia: 'between friends all is common'.
They include Lorenzo Valla's Elegantiarum libri sex and In errores Antonii Raudensis adnotationes, Adriano Castellesi's De sermone Latino, et modis Latine loquendi, Erasmus's Adagiorum chiliades and De octo partium constructione libellus, which was coauthored with William Lily, Robert Estienne's Thesaurus linguae Latinae, Gerard Listre's Deconstructionis octofiguris, Philipp Melanchthon's Syntax, Guillaume Bude's De asse et partibus eius and the Annotationes in quattuor et viginti Pandectarum libros, Antonio de Nebrija's Lexicon de iuris civilis, and Ambrosio Calepino.
Richard Taverner recommends "Dulce" in his Proverbs or Adages, an abridged collection of Erasmus's adages printed five times between 1539 and 1569: "He that listeth to know more of this Prouerbe, let him go to Erasmus, which handleth in his Chiliades, this Prouerbe both right copiously, and also eloquent" (63).
la scoperta dell'attualita che le Adagiorum Chiliades avevano avuto per Girolamo da Carpi architetto negli anni immediatamente precedenti l'esecusione del dipinto di Dresda ...