Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient region of the Balkan Peninsula on the Adriatic coast. Occupied in prehistoric times by an Indo-European-speaking people, the area became the Roman province of Illyricum after the final conquest of the Illyrians in 35-33 B.C. The name was revived by Napoleon for the provinces of Illyria (1809-1815) and retained for the kingdom of Illyria, a division of Austria from 1816 to 1849.

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  • proper n. A region in the western part of today's Balkan Peninsula that was inhabited by the Illyrians, ancient Indo-European people.

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  • n. an uncertain region on the east shore of the Adriatic where an ancient Indo-European people once lived

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Ἰλλυρία (Illuría). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Did she have a full Brazilian before she set sail on her cruise and learn since her shipwreck that bare is not the fashion here in Illyria?

    Lance Mannion:

  • From the time of Augustus the name Illyria was applied not only to the present Province of Illyria, since 11 B.C. a province of the empire and called Dalmatia (embracing the Dalmatia of to-day, Montenegro, the western part of Croatia, and the northern part of Albania), but was made to include the districts of Rhaetia,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • Ague-cheek, & quotI am as tall a man as any in Illyria, he may laugh to scorn the most gigantic talents.

    Letter to the Women of England, on the Injustice of Mental Subordination

  • & quotI am as tall a man as any in Illyria, he may laugh to scorn the most gigantic talents.

    Letter to the Women of England, on the Injustice of Mental Subordination

  • Olivia to her maid Maria, he defends his friends suit by claiming that "Hes as tall a man as anys in Illyria."

    Editorial Notes to 'Letter to the Women of England'

  • If I had been a German, I could not have received [N] the mission with which I am charged -- because the messenger in the mission with which I am charged, must come, according to prophecies, from the Slavonian nation, from the country called Illyria or Illyricum, from the town, named in my mother tongue Kamnik, in Greek and Latin Lithopolis, in

    Secret Enemies of True Republicanism

  • But the most deadly blow was the constitution of a subsidiary government, to be known as Illyria, by the surrender directly to

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Vol. III. (of IV.)

  • Lachlan Murdoch owns an Australian investment firm called Illyria.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • Ms. Hall makes a characteristically luminous entrance, her Viola visibly wet from her travails at sea and divided between concern for a lost twin, Sebastian, and wonder at this new place, Illyria, that is to be her home.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Granted, yes, there is that title of God-King and then the fact that Knox did address the reborn Illyria as "King" several times over, but I've never gotten the impression that this was any kind of indication of true God-Kingly gender, one way or 'tother .... it's more like just a title Illyria was crowned with, a formal appellation, but I never interpreted it to mean that the original gender had been male ....

    Whedonesque | a weblog about Joss Whedon

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