the mysteries, celebrated annually at Eleusis and Athens in ancient times, in memory of the abduction and return of Persephone and in honor of Demeter and Bacchus.
a mystical religious festival, held in September at Eleusis in classical times, in which initiates celebrated Persephone, Demeter, and Dionysus
[ih-loo-sis] /ɪˈlu sɪs/ noun 1. a city in ancient Greece, in Attica. /ɪˈluːsɪs/ noun 1. a town in Greece, in Attica about 23 km (14 miles) west of Athens, of which it is now an industrial suburb Modern Greek name Elevsís
[ih-loo-ther-uh] /ɪˈlu θər ə/ noun 1. an island in the N Bahamas. 164 sq. mi. (425 sq. km).
adj. 1620s, from Greek eleutherios “like a free man, noble-minded, frank, liberal,” literally “freeing, delivering, releaser,” title of Zeus as protector of political freedom, from eleutheria “freedom,” from PIE *leu-dheros.
[el-yoo-theer-ee-uh s] /ˌɛl yʊˈθɪər i əs/ noun 1. Saint, pope a.d. 175–189.