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Croe·sus 1

 (krē′səs) Died c. 546 bc.
Last king of Lydia (560-546) whose kingdom, which had prospered during his reign, fell to the Persians under Cyrus.

Croe·sus 2

A very wealthy man.

[After Croesus.]


1. (Biography) died ?546 bc, the last king of Lydia (560–546), noted for his great wealth
2. any very rich man


(ˈkri səs)

n., pl. -sus•es, -si (-saɪ)
1. died 546 B.C., king of Lydia 560–546: noted for his great wealth.
2. a very rich man.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Croesus - last king of Lydia (died in 546 BC)Croesus - last king of Lydia (died in 546 BC)
2.Croesus - a very wealthy man
have, rich person, wealthy person - a person who possesses great material wealth


[ˈkriːsəs] NCreso


nKrösus m; to be as rich as Croesusein (richtiger) Krösus sein


[ˈkriːsəs] nCreso
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What ship comes sailing home from India, and what English lady is this, married to a growling old Scotch Croesus with great flaps of ears?
He met at the court of Croesus with Solon, Thales, and other sages, and is related so to have pleased his royal master, by the part he took in the conversations held with these philosophers, that he applied to him an expression which has since passed into a proverb, "The Phrygian has spoken better than all.
The liberty which we are supposing may be most completely given to them in the form of such a power as is said to have been possessed by Gyges the ancestor of Croesus the Lydian.
There are days when every stream is Pactolus and every man is Croesus, and thanks to that first and greatest of all alchemists, the sun, the morning I write of was a morning when to breathe was gold and to see was silver.
Leon Guggenhammer even hazarded the opinion that this Northland Croesus might possibly be making a mistake.
He could have matched gold, equipages, jewels, art treasures, estates and acres with any Croesus in this proud city of Manhattan, and scarcely have entered upon the bulk of his holdings.
Nevertheless, when he waited at the dinner given my his master, and saw him take out a handful of gold to pay for it, he believed his fortune made, and returned thanks to heaven for having thrown him into the service of such a Croesus.
For Solon said well to Croesus (when in ostentation he showed him his gold), Sir, if any other come, that hath better iron, than you, he will be master of all this gold.
One, two, three, four, five," said Monte Cristo; "five millions -- why what a Croesus you are
We are often reminded that if there were bestowed on us the wealth of Croesus, our aims must still be the same, and our means essentially the same.
If I had them I should think myself as rich as Croesus.
It is money you love, and not the man; and were Croesus and his footman to change places you know, you poor rogue, who would have the benefit of your allegiance.