Pyr·​rhus ˈpir-əs How to pronounce Pyrrhus (audio)
: a son of Achilles and slayer of Priam at the taking of Troy

Examples of Pyrrhus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, the Amon Carter bought Pyrrhus when a child, brought by Glaucias, king of Illyria, for protection, painted by Benjamin West in 1767. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 1 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Pyrrhos

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Pyrrhus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Pyr·​rhus ˈpir-əs How to pronounce Pyrrhus (audio)
319–272 b.c. king of Epirus (306–302; 297–272 b.c.)

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