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Clio n : (Greek mythology) the Muse of history

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From the Greek kleein, (to make famous, celebrate)


  • /ˈkliːəʊ/, /"klI:.@U/

Proper noun

  1. The Muse of history and heroic poetry.
  2. a female given name
  3. A model of car by manufacturer Renault.
    Fred loved to take his Clio for a spin.


the Muse of history and heroic poetry

Extensive Definition

In Greek mythology, Clio (, pronounced /'klaɪoʊ/ in English) or Kleio is the muse of history. Like all the muses, she is a daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. She had one son, Hyacinth, with the King of Macedonia, Pierus. Some sources say she was also the mother of Hymenaios. She is often represented with a parchment scroll or a set of tablets and is also known as the Proclaimer. The name is from the root κλέω/κλείω, meaning "recount" or "make famous".

In popular culture

Clio (also known as "Kira") is portrayed by Kerry Butler in the Broadway musical Xanadu.
Clio is a character in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony.


Clio in Arabic: كليو
Clio in Bosnian: Klio
Clio in Breton: Kleio
Clio in Bulgarian: Клио
Clio in Catalan: Clio
Clio in Czech: Kleió
Clio in German: Klio (Muse)
Clio in Modern Greek (1453-): Κλειώ
Clio in Spanish: Clío
Clio in Esperanto: Klio
Clio in French: Clio
Clio in Korean: 클리오
Clio in Croatian: Klio
Clio in Icelandic: Klíó
Clio in Italian: Clio
Clio in Hebrew: קליאו
Clio in Latin: Clio
Clio in Luxembourgish: Klio
Clio in Lithuanian: Klėjo
Clio in Ligurian: Clio (mitòlogia)
Clio in Hungarian: Kleio
Clio in Dutch: Clio (muze)
Clio in Japanese: クレイオー
Clio in Norwegian: Kleio
Clio in Polish: Klio
Clio in Portuguese: Clio
Clio in Romanian: Clio
Clio in Russian: Клио
Clio in Slovak: Kleio
Clio in Slovenian: Klio
Clio in Serbian: Клио
Clio in Serbo-Croatian: Klio
Clio in Finnish: Kleio
Clio in Swedish: Klio
Clio in Turkish: Kleio
Clio in Ukrainian: Кліо
Clio in Chinese: 克利俄

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Calliope, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Muse of history, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, adventures, annals, artistic imagination, autobiography, biographical sketch, biography, case history, chronicle, chronicles, chronology, conception, confessions, creative imagination, creative power, creative thought, curriculum vitae, diary, esemplastic imagination, esemplastic power, experiences, fortunes, genius, hagiography, hagiology, historiography, history, inspiration, journal, legend, life, life and letters, life story, martyrology, memoir, memoirs, memorabilia, memorial, memorials, muse, mythicization, mythification, mythopoeia, necrology, obituary, photobiography, poetic imagination, profile, record, resume, shaping imagination, story, theory of history
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