noun ae·gis \ˈē-jəs also ˈā-\

: the power to protect, control, or support something or someone

Full Definition of AEGIS

:  a shield or breastplate emblematic of majesty that was associated with Zeus and Athena
a :  protection <under the aegis of the Constitution>
b :  controlling or conditioning influence <passed new laws under the aegis of national security>
a :  auspices, sponsorship <under the aegis of the museum>
b :  control or guidance especially by an individual, group, or system

Variants of AEGIS

ae·gis also egis \ˈē-jəs also ˈā-\

Examples of AEGIS

  1. <having no claim to the land under the aegis of the law, the cattle baron decided to claim it by force>
  2. <a medical study that was questioned by many because it was done under the aegis of a major pharmaceutical company>

Origin of AEGIS

Latin, from Greek aigis, literally, goatskin, from aig-, aix goat; akin to Armenian ayc goat
First Known Use: 1581


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