: a Greek hero in the Trojan War who kills himself because the armor of Achilles is awarded to Odysseus
: a fleet-footed Greek hero in the Trojan War

Word History


Latin, from Greek Aias

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ajax was in the 15th century

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“Ajax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ajax. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

town on Lake Erie in southeastern Ontario, Canada population 109,600

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