Helen of Troy

noun phrase
\ ˌhe-lən-əv-ˈtrȯi How to pronounce Helen of Troy (audio) \

Definition of Helen of Troy

: the wife of Menelaus whose abduction by Paris brings about the Trojan War

First Known Use of Helen of Troy

1510, in the meaning defined above

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“Helen of Troy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Helen%20of%20Troy. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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