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[pel-uh-puh-nee-suh s]
  1. a peninsula forming the S part of Greece: seat of the early Mycenaean civilization and the powerful city-states of Argos, Sparta, etc. 8356 sq. mi. (21,640 sq. km).
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Also Pel·o·pon·nese [pel-uh-puh-neez, -nees] /ˌpɛl ə pəˈniz, -ˈnis/, Pel·o·pon·ne·sos [pel-uh-puh-nee-sos, -sohs, -suh s] /ˌpɛl ə pəˈni sɒs, -soʊs, -səs/.

Origin of Peloponnesus

< Latin < Greek Pelopónnēsos (representing phrase Pélopos nêsos literally, island of Pelops with sn > nn)
Also called Morea.
Related formsPel·o·pon·ne·sian [pel-uh-puh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ˌpɛl ə pəˈni ʒən, -ʃən/, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for peloponnesian

Historical Examples

  • And here we close our account of the events which led to the Peloponnesian War.

    Stories from Thucydides

    H. L. Havell

  • When the envoys returned, the Peloponnesian ships were to be given back.

  • Corinth does not show her hand much in the Peloponnesian war.

  • During the Peloponnesian war it was a strong ally of Sparta.

  • In the days of the great Peloponnesian war we do not hear of the Amphiktyons at all.

British Dictionary definitions for peloponnesian


  1. of or relating to the Peloponnese or its inhabitants
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Word Origin and History for peloponnesian



peninsula of southern Greece, late 15c., from Latin, from Greek Peloponnesos, second element apparently nesos "island" (see Chersonese); first element said to be named for Pelops, son of Tantalus, who killed him and served him to the gods as food (they later restored him to life). The proper name is probably from pellos "dark" + ops "face, eye." But the association with the peninsula name likely is folk etymology. Related: Peloponnesian.

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