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Occurs at least since the 16th century, where it's also Slesien, from Slesien (15th century).

In the 16th century, the name of this region also occurs as Schlesy f as in Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia (which has Presla and later Preßla for the capital Breslau) and as Schlesi f, this from Slesy f, Slesi f (15th century).

The name might be related to Latin monte Silencii (ablative; 12th century), which is the mountain Zobten, Zobtenberg, Zotenberg.


  • IPA(key): /ˈʃleːzi̯ən/
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Schlesien n (genitive Schlesiens, plural Schlesien)

  1. Silesia (region)


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