Achilles Definition

The hero of Homer's Iliad, the son of Peleus and Thetis and slayer of Hector.
American Heritage
Greek warrior and leader in the Trojan War who kills Hector and is killed by Paris with an arrow that strikes his only vulnerable spot, his heel: he is the hero of Homer's Iliad.
Webster's New World

(Greek mythology) Semi-divine hero, son of Peleus and the nymph Thetis, prince and leader of the Myrmidons; great warrior of the Achaean (Greek) camp, killed in the Trojan War; central character of the Iliad.


Origin of Achilles

  • Borrowing from Latin Achilles, from Ancient Greek Ἀχιλλεύς (Akhilleus).

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