amazon

noun
am·​a·​zon | \ˈa-mə-ˌzän, -zən\

Definition of amazon 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : a member of a race of female warriors of Greek mythology

2 often capitalized : a tall strong often masculine woman

3 often capitalized : any of a genus (Amazona) of tropical American parrots typically having green plumage marked with other bright colors

Amazon

geographical name
Am·​a·​zon | \ˈa-mə-ˌzän, -zən\

Definition of Amazon (Entry 2 of 2)

river 4000 miles (6400 kilometers) long in northern South America flowing from the Peruvian Andes into the Atlantic in northern Brazil

Note: By volume, the Amazon is the largest river in the world. In length, the Amazon is the longest river in South America.

— see ucayali, solimões

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In Greek mythology, an Amazon was a member of a race of women warriors. One of the famous labors of Heracles (Hercules) was to obtain the sash of the Amazon queen Hippolyta, and the hero Theseus married Hippolyta's sister. The Amazon River got its name when, in 1542, the first Europeans to descend the river were attacked by Indian warriors who, even at close range, they believed to be women. The mystery of these warriors continues to this day. However impressive a figure they cut, though, not every tall and strong woman today would take it as a compliment to be called an amazon.

Examples of amazon in a Sentence

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I felt dwarfed, standing beside this redheaded amazon.

First Known Use of amazon

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amazon

Noun

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek Amazōn

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amazon

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English Language Learners Definition of amazon

Amazon : a member of a group of female warriors in stories told by the ancient Greeks

: a tall and strong woman

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