Aegis meaning

ējĭs
The definition of aegis means protection, sponsorship or direction.

An example of aegis is a foster child being under the care of a child welfare agency; he is “under the aegis” of the child welfare agency.

An example of aegis is a marathon being sponsored by a major organization.

An example of aegis is a play being led by a director.

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Protection.

A child whose welfare is now under the aegis of the courts.

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Sponsorship; patronage.

A concert held under the aegis of the parents' association.

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Guidance, direction, or control.
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The goatskin shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena. Athena's shield carried at its center the head of Medusa.
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A shield borne by Zeus and, later, by his daughter Athena and occasionally by Apollo.
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A protection.
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Sponsorship; auspices.
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A mythological shield associated with Zeus and Athena shown as a short cloak consisting of a goatskin. The aegis of Athena is usually shown with a border of snakes and with the head of Medusa in the center. The aegis is more an emblem of protection and power than an actual military shield.
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Protection, guidance. Usually used as ‘under the aegis’ because of its origin as protection of the shield of Athena.
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Endorsement.
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Sponsorship.
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Origin of aegis

  • Latin from Greek aigis goatskin, skin shield, aegis from aix aig- goat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin aegis, from Ancient Greek αἰγίς (aigis, “goatskin”, “shield of Athena”), from αἴξ (aix, “goat”).

    From Wiktionary