[tel-uh-muh n, -mon]

noun, plural tel·a·mo·nes [tel-uh-moh-neez] /ˌtɛl əˈmoʊ niz/. Architecture.

Origin of telamon

1700–10; < Latin telamōn < Greek telamṓn bearer, support; identified with Telamon


[tel-uh-muh n, -mon]

noun Classical Mythology.

an Argonaut and friend of Hercules, and the father of Ajax and Teucer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for telamon

Historical Examples of telamon

  • He was not so great, nor nearly so great, as Ajax the son of Telamon.

  • Great Ajax son of Telamon heeded the message, and at once spoke to the son of Oileus.

  • Hercules' Prayer concerning Ajax, son of Telamon, translation, 390.

    Excursions and Poems

    Henry David Thoreau

  • Aias, the son of Telamon, is clearly a 'doublet' of the Locrian Aias; and so forth.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

  • The father "Telamon" and the connection with Aegina are neither of them original in the myth.

British Dictionary definitions for telamon


noun plural telamones (ˌtɛləˈməʊniːz) or -mons

a column in the form of a male figure, used to support an entablatureAlso called: atlas Compare caryatid

Word Origin for telamon

C18: via Latin from Greek, from tlēnai to bear



Greek myth a king of Salamis; brother of Peleus and father of Teucer and Ajax
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