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noun am·a·zon \ˈa-mə-ˌzän, -zən\

Definition of amazon

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

  2. 2 often capitalized :  a tall strong often masculine woman

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

Examples of amazon in a Sentence

  1. I felt dwarfed, standing beside this redheaded amazon.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of amazon

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek Amazōn


First Known Use: 14th century

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

Definition of Amazon

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

Did You Know?

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.


AMAZON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of amazon for English Language Learners

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

  • : a tall and strong woman


AMAZON Defined for Kids

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

Definition of Amazon for Students

  1. river 3900 mi. (6436 km.) long N South America flowing from Andes into Atlantic in N Brazil



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