- of or relating to Achaea or the Achaeans.
- (in the Iliad) Greek.
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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Examples from the Web for achaean
Then he sprang upon Aeneas's horses and drove them from the Trojan to the Achaean ranks.The Iliad
The Roman envoys come to Cleitor, where there is an Achaean assembly.
He was captured, when Achaean Strategus, by the Messenians and poisoned.
The Romans referred the assessment of damages to an Achaean court at Sicyon.
They remove to Achaia, and sue the Athenians under the Achaean convention.
- a member of a principal Greek tribe in the Mycenaean era
- a native or inhabitant of the later Greek province of Achaea
- of or relating to Achaea or the Achaeans
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