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

Word History


Latin, from Greek Pyrrhos

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Pyrrhus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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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