Achaean

[ uh-kee-uh n ]
/ əˈki ən /

adjective

of or relating to Achaea or the Achaeans.
(in the Iliad) Greek.

noun

an inhabitant of Achaea.
a Greek, especially a member of the Achaean League.
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 Aeolian2(def 2), Dorian1(def 2), Ionian(def 3).

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Origin of Achaean

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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Achaean

Achaian (əˈkaɪən)

/ (əˈkiːən) /

noun

a member of a principal Greek tribe in the Mycenaean era
a native or inhabitant of the later Greek province of Achaea

adjective

of or relating to Achaea or the Achaeans
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