[ theebz ]

  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.

Other words from Thebes

  • The·ba·ic [thi-bey-ik], /θɪˈbeɪ ɪk/, adjective
  • The·ban [thee-buhn], /ˈθi bən/, adjective, noun

Words Nearby Thebes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Thebes in a sentence

  • But it is precisely what Pronomus of Thebes is said to have done for the music of the flute (supra, p. 38).

    The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro

British Dictionary definitions for Thebes


/ (θiːbz) /

  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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