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Achaean

[uh-kee-uh n] /əˈki ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Achaea or the Achaeans.
2.
(in the Iliad) Greek.
noun
3.
an inhabitant of Achaea.
4.
a Greek, especially a member of the Achaean League.
5.
a member of one of the four main divisions of prehistoric Greeks, believed to have occupied the Peloponnesus and to have produced the Mycenaean culture.
Compare Aeolian (def 2), Dorian (def 2), Ionian (def 3).
Origin of Achaean
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin Achae(us) (< Greek Achaiós, perhaps reflected in Hittite Ahhiyawa, a country alluded to in records of the late 2nd millennium b.c.) + -an
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Examples from the Web for Achaean
Historical Examples
  • In him they had a hero, the wisest and best, who perished from Achaean envy of his greatness.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
  • Then he sprang upon Aeneas's horses and drove them from the Trojan to the Achaean ranks.

    The Iliad Homer
  • Mr. Ridgeway erroneously says that "no Achaean warrior employs the bow for war."

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • The Roman envoys come to Cleitor, where there is an Achaean assembly.

  • Agias the Arcadian and Socrates the Achaean were both among the sufferers who were put to death.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • He was captured, when Achaean Strategus, by the Messenians and poisoned.

  • We have shown that Palamedes was not originally an Achaean of the Achaeans, but a culture hero.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
  • The effect of the message from the Romans in the Achaean league.

  • Their poems are not sections cut out of an Achaean mass of lays, and our Homer is not a similar section, is not Cyclic.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
  • The Achaean chiefs then hold council, and Agamemnon sends the embassy to Achilles.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for Achaean

Achaean

/əˈkiːən/
noun
1.
a member of a principal Greek tribe in the Mycenaean era
2.
a native or inhabitant of the later Greek province of Achaea
adjective
3.
of or relating to Achaea or the Achaeans
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