[ahr-jahyv, -gahyv]


of or relating to Argos.


a native of Argos.
a Greek.

Origin of Argive

1590–1600; < Latin Argīvus < Greek Argeîos of Argos Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for argive

Historical Examples of argive

  • Let him also choose twenty Trojan women, who may be fairest next to Argive Helen.

  • Surely Jove must have counselled the destruction of many an Argive.

  • Most of the Argive chiefs joined in the proposed expedition.

  • They walked on in silence to the Argive gate, and then Mitsos stopped.

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    Edward Frederic Benson

  • Of the members of the Argive series the latest alone is perfect.

British Dictionary definitions for argive



(in Homer, Virgil, etc) of or relating to the Greeks besieging Troy, esp those from Argos
of or relating to Argos or Argolis
a literary word for Greek


an ancient Greek, esp one from Argos or Argolis
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Word Origin and History for argive



"of Argos," hence, especially in Homeric usage, "the Greeks," as a byword for Achaean (he describes Agamemnon as king of Argos), 1520s, from Latin Argivus, from Greek Argeios "of Argos."

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