[uh-kee-uh n]
  1. an inhabitant of Achaea.
  2. a Greek, especially a member of the Achaean League.
  3. 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).

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Achaian (əˈkaɪən)

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