or e·gis

[ ee-jis ]
/ ˈi dʒɪs /


Classical Mythology. the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena, bearing at its center the head of the Gorgon.
protection; support: under the imperial aegis.
sponsorship; auspices: a debate under the aegis of the League of Women Voters.

Origin of aegis

1695–1705; < Latin < Greek aigís shield of Zeus or Athena, probably from aig- (stem of aíx goat) + -is noun suffix, from a type of shield made of goatskin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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sometimes US egis

/ (ˈiːdʒɪs) /


sponsorship or protection; auspices (esp in the phrase under the aegis of)
Greek myth the shield of Zeus, often represented in art as a goatskin

Word Origin for aegis

C18: from Latin, from Greek aigis shield of Zeus, perhaps related to aig-, stem of aix goat
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