- a deputy to the council of an amphictyony.
Origin of amphictyon
1580–90; back formation from amphictyons < Greek amphiktýones, orig. amphiktíones neighbors, equivalent to amphi- amphi- + -kti- inhabit + -ones noun suffix (plural)
- a son of Deucalion and Pyrrha who seized the throne of Attica and who, in devising a plan for avoiding disputes at his council meetings, became the first man to mix water with wine.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for amphictyon
Amphictyon, we are told, was the author of that which bore his name.The Federalist Papers
Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
The chiefs thus gathered together called this assembly the Am-phic-ty-on´ic Council, in honor of Amphictyon.The Story of the Greeks
H. A. Guerber
But consider whether this be not a prize proper to the Pythian games, as appropriate to Amphictyon.Essays and Miscellanies
Amphictyon represents the first of these institutions, and Aethlius the second.Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age, Vol. 1 of 3
W. E. Gladstone
The hero Amphictyon, whose temple stood at Thermopylæ, passed in mythical genealogy for the brother of Hellen.
- a delegate to an amphictyonic council
C16: back formation from amphictyons, from Greek amphiktiones neighbours, from amphi- + ktizein to found
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012