noun Ach·ae·me·nid \ə-ˈkē-mə-nəd\
plural Ach·ae·menids also Ach·ae·men·i·dae \ˌa-kə-ˈme-nə-ˌdē\

Definition of ACHAEMENID

:  a member of the ruling house of ancient Persia generally considered historically important from the assumption of power by Cyrus the Great (559 b.c. ) to the overthrow of Darius III (330 b.c. )


Greek Achaimenides, from Achaimenes, 7th century b.c. king of Persia, founder of the dynasty + -ides (patronymic suffix)
First Known Use: 1889


Next Word in the Dictionary: AchaenodonPrevious Word in the Dictionary: AchaemenianAll Words Near: Achaemenid
July 06, 2015
categorical Hear it
absolute or relating to a category
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears