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  1. (in the Aeneid) the faithful companion and friend of Aeneas.
  2. a faithful friend or companion.
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Historical Examples of achates

  • Alan's achates at once thought of that probability, or of revenge in some form.

    The Celtic Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3, January 1876


  • Achates, hasting on his message, bent his way towards the ships.

  • My Achates stared at me when I described to him the late occurrences.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • Health and greeting, my Achates, in this veritable spring month.

  • Perhaps he felt the want of a sort of Fidus' Achates to confide in.

British Dictionary definitions for achates


  1. classical myth Aeneas' faithful companion in Virgil's Aeneid
  2. a loyal friend
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Word Origin and History for achates


armor-bearer and faithful friend of Aeneas in the "Aeneid," hence sometimes used figuratively for "faithful friend." The name is from Greek akhates "agate" (see agate).

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