[ prahy-uhm ]

nounClassical Mythology.
  1. a king of Troy, the son of Laomedon, husband of Hecuba, and father of Paris, Cassandra, Hector, Polyxena, and many others. He was killed during the capture of Troy.

  2. the grandson of King Priam.

  • Also Pri·a·mus [prahy-uh-muhs]. /ˈpraɪ ə məs/.

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How to use Priam in a sentence

  • At Priam's palace a last stand is made, but Pyrrhus forces the great gates, and the defenders are massacred (442-603).

British Dictionary definitions for Priam


/ (ˈpraɪəm) /

  1. Greek myth the last king of Troy, killed at its fall. He was father by Hecuba of Hector, Paris, and Cassandra

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Cultural definitions for Priam


[ (preye-uhm) ]

The king of Troy and father of Hector and Paris. The Greeks killed him at the end of the Trojan War (see also Trojan War) when they sacked the city.

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