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[jey-suh n] /ˈdʒeɪ sən/
Classical Mythology. a hero, the leader of the Argonauts, who at the request of his uncle Pelias retrieved the Golden Fleece from King Aeëtes of Colchis with the help of Medea.
a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “healer.”. Unabridged
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  • When he wanted to send a parcel to Miss Jason, he told her brother he should come upon him for the postage.

    Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • "Don't you talk to mah sister that way," Jason shouted as he pummelled the doctor.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
  • The girl's Jason's niece all right, same's folks say, though she looks no more like him than chalk like cheese.

    Shifting Sands Sara Ware Bassett
  • Jason, hearing her cry of pain, leaped off the doctor to aid her.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
  • Before they can make and trim sail the Jason is clear of the ruck of them, a good gunshot clear!

British Dictionary definitions for Jason


(Greek myth) the hero who led the Argonauts in quest of the Golden Fleece. He became the husband of Medea, whom he later abandoned for Glauce
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Word Origin and History for Jason

masc. proper name, from Greek Eason, from Hebrew Yehoshua, a common name among Hellenistic Jews (see Joshua). In Greek mythology, son of Aeson, leader of the Argonauts, from Latin Jason, from Greek Iason, perhaps related to iasthai "to heal" (see -iatric). The names were somewhat merged in Christian Greek.

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Jason definition

A hero of classical mythology. Jason was the heir to a kingdom in Greece, but his cousin seized the throne. The cousin insisted that the gods would not allow Jason to become king until Jason brought back the miraculous Golden Fleece from a distant country. After many harrowing adventures with his companions, the Argonauts, and with the help of the sorceress Medea, he brought back the fleece. Medea, through her craft, arranged for Jason's cousin to be killed. Jason and Medea then went into exile, raised a family, and lived happily, until Jason announced plans to divorce Medea and marry a princess. Medea, enraged, killed the children she had borne Jason and Jason's bride as well and used her magic to escape. Jason then wandered about, a man out of favor with the gods, and was eventually killed when his old ship, the Argo, fell on him.

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