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[ey-jaks] /ˈeɪ dʒæks/
Also called Great Ajax, Telamonian Ajax. Classical Mythology. a Greek hero in the Trojan War who rescued the body of Achilles and killed himself out of jealousy when Odysseus was awarded the armor of Achilles.
Also called Ajax the Lesser. Classical Mythology. a Locrian king, noted for his fighting during the Trojan War, who was said to have been killed in a shipwreck as punishment for violating a shrine of Athena.
(italics) a tragedy (c440 b.c.) by Sophocles.
a town in S Ontario, in S Canada.
Also, Aias
[ey-yas, ahy-as] /ˈeɪ yæs, ˈaɪ æs/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1–3). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As early as the 1960s, clubs like Ajax Amsterdam began developing new approaches to the game.

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  • These are the most salient points for comparing the several forms of Ajax.

  • He was not so great, nor nearly so great, as Ajax the son of Telamon.

    The Iliad Homer
  • It falls to the lot of Hector, but he retires on the approach of Ajax.

  • On the other side the Achaeans brought Ajax elated with victory to Agamemnon.

    The Iliad Homer
  • Brainless and big, what means this boast of thine, Earth-cumberer Ajax?

  • Run, therefore, with all speed by the line of the ships, and call Ajax and Idomeneus.

    The Iliad Homer
  • And Holmes pointed to Ajax's hoof, which his quick and discerning eyes had noticed while Olaf was making his long speech.

  • Great Ajax son of Telamon heeded the message, and at once spoke to the son of Oileus.

    The Iliad Homer
  • "When that scoundrel emptied the till into his pocket he made up his mind there and then never to come back," said Ajax in my ear.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
British Dictionary definitions for Ajax


noun (Greek myth)
the son of Telamon; a Greek hero of the Trojan War who killed himself in vexation when Achilles' armour was given to Odysseus
called Ajax the Lesser, a Locrian king, a swift-footed Greek hero of the Trojan War
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ajax

name of two Greek heroes in the Trojan War (Great Ajax, son of Telamon, and Little Ajax, son of Oileus), Latin, from Greek Aias, perhaps originally the name of an earth-god, from aia "earth." The Elizabethans punned on the name as a jakes "a privy."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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