- Also called Great Ajax, Telamonian Ajax. Classical Mythology. a Greek hero in the Trojan War who rescued the body of Achilles and killed himself out of jealousy when Odysseus was awarded the armor of Achilles.
- Also called Ajax the Lesser. Classical Mythology. a Locrian king, noted for his fighting during the Trojan War, who was said to have been killed in a shipwreck as punishment for violating a shrine of Athena.
- (italics) a tragedy (c440 b.c.) by Sophocles.
- a town in S Ontario, in S Canada.
Examples from the Web for ajax
As early as the 1960s, clubs like Ajax Amsterdam began developing new approaches to the game.Spain Wins!
July 10, 2010
In 1792, they appointed him a general under Dumouriez, who baptized him his Ajax.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
And he shook his puny fist at the blue vault of heaven—Ajax defying Jupiter.Scaramouche
Thus they spake, and Ajax was arming himself in splendid brass.
So did the high-born Ajax spoil Simosius, the descendant of Anthemion.
It falls to the lot of Hector, but he retires on the approach of Ajax.
- the son of Telamon; a Greek hero of the Trojan War who killed himself in vexation when Achilles' armour was given to Odysseus
- called Ajax the Lesser, a Locrian king, a swift-footed Greek hero of the Trojan War
Word Origin and History for ajax
name of two Greek heroes in the Trojan War (Great Ajax, son of Telamon, and Little Ajax, son of Oileus), Latin, from Greek Aias, perhaps originally the name of an earth-god, from aia "earth." The Elizabethans punned on the name as a jakes "a privy."