1. an ancient city in Upper Egypt, on the Nile, whose ruins are located in the modern towns of Karnak and Luxor: a former capital of Egypt.
  2. a city of ancient Greece, in Boeotia: a rival of ancient Athens.
Related formsThe·ba·ic [thi-bey-ik] /θɪˈbeɪ ɪk/, adjectiveThe·ban [thee-buh n] /ˈθi bən/, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of or relating to the ancient Greek city of Thebes or its inhabitants
  2. of or relating to the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes or its inhabitants
  1. a native or inhabitant of Thebes


  1. (in ancient Greece) the chief city of Boeotia, destroyed by Alexander the Great (336 bc)
  2. (in ancient Egypt) a city on the Nile: at various times capital of Upper Egypt or of the entire country
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