- A member of a legendary nation of women warriors reputed to have lived in ancient Scythia.
- often amazon A tall, aggressive, strong-willed woman.
- often amazon Any of various predominantly green parrots of the genus Amazona, native to Central and South America and sometimes kept as pets.
Origin of Amazon
Middle English from
Latin Amāzōn from
Greek Amazōn probably of Iranian origin Word History:
In classical legend, the Amazons were a tribe of warrior women. Their name is supposedly derived from Greek a-mazos,
“without a breast,” because according to the legend they cut off their right breasts so as to be better able to shoot with a bow and arrow. This folk etymology, like most folk etymologies, is incorrect, but the Amazons of legend are not so completely different from the historical Amazons, who were also warriors. The historical Amazons were Scythians, an Iranian people renowned for their cavalry. The first Greeks to come into contact with the Iranians were the Ionians, who lived on the coast of Asia Minor and were constantly threatened by the Persians, the most important of the Iranian peoples. Amazōn
is the Ionian Greek form of the Iranian word ha-mazan,
“fighting together.” The regular Greek form would be hamazōn,
but because the Ionians dropped their aitches like Cockneys, hamazōn
the form taken into the other Greek dialects.
- A tall, strong, athletic woman.
- Although the evidence for real Amazons is thin, women athletes are often dubbed amazons.
From Amazon, from Middle English, from Latin, from Ancient Greek Ἀμαζών (Amazōn).
- (Greek mythology) A member of a mythical race of female warriors inhabiting the Black Sea area.
- A female warrior.
- A tall, strong, or athletic woman.
From Middle English, from Latin, from Ancient Greek Ἀμαζών (Amazōn).
- A river of South America that flows through Brazil for about 4000 miles to the South Atlantic.
- A region including much of this river; specifically, the region of the Amazon Rainforest, or of the Amazon River Basin.
- Used attributively in compounds.
- the Amazon River; the Amazon Rainforest; the Amazon Basin
- Amazon milk frog
- Any of the large parrots from the genus Amazona.
From Spanish, Río Amazonas. It is common belief that the Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana fought a battle against a tribe of Tapuya savages, in which the women fought alongside the men. He no doubt derived the name from the Amazons in Greek mythology.
- Amazon.com Inc, a very large internet retailer
Chosen by Jeff Bezos in 1994 as a word beginning with 'A' which had existing connotations (see meanings listed in etymologies 1 & 2) of being exotic, different, and (as the Amazon River) the largest of its kind in the world.