Ag·​a·​mem·​non ˌa-gə-ˈmem-ˌnän How to pronounce Agamemnon (audio)
: a king of Mycenae and leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War

Examples of Agamemnon in a Sentence

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Agamemnōn

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Agamemnon was in the 14th century

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“Agamemnon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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