- (in the Aeneid) the faithful companion and friend of Aeneas.
- a faithful friend or companion.
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Examples from the Web for achates
Alan's achates at once thought of that probability, or of revenge in some form.
Achates, hasting on his message, bent his way towards the ships.The Aeneid of Virgil
My Achates stared at me when I described to him the late occurrences.Rattlin the Reefer
Health and greeting, my Achates, in this veritable spring month.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3)
Perhaps he felt the want of a sort of Fidus' Achates to confide in.Confessions of an Opera Singer
- classical myth Aeneas' faithful companion in Virgil's Aeneid
- 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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper