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

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.)

First Known Use of Achaemenid

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Achaemenid

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

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“Achaemenid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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