Achae·​me·​nid ə-ˈkē-mə-nəd How to pronounce Achaemenid (audio)
plural Achaemenids also Achaemenidae ˌa-kə-ˈme-nə-ˌdē How to pronounce Achaemenid (audio)
: 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.)

Examples of Achaemenid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even Alexander’s later achievement, the invasion and conquest of the Achaemenid Persian empire, was partly his father’s doing. James Romm, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2020

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Word History


borrowed from Latin Achaemenidēs, borrowed from Greek Achaimenídēs, from Achaiménēs (Achaemenes), alleged founder of the dynasty (borrowed from Old Persian Haxāmaniš) + -idēs -id entry 1

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Achaemenid was in 1889

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“Achaemenid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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