Definition of Trojan in English:


Syllabification: Tro·jan
Pronunciation: /ˈtrōjən


  • Of or relating to ancient Troy in Asia Minor: Trojan legends
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    • In Homer's epic ‘Illiad,’ snakes are even the avengers sent by gods to punish Trojan priest Laocoon who warns the Trojans against the Greek's scheme using a wooden horse.
    • But, when scrutinized closely, the later Roman relationship to Trojan civilization exists in name only.
    • He prophesies the founding of Rome, after several generations of Trojan descendants are born in Italy.


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  • A native or inhabitant of ancient Troy.
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    • A war fought at Troy between the native Trojans and the invading Greeks.
    • Having heard that Crete was abandoned by its native ruler, the Trojans set sail.
    • When he and Apollo were cheated by the Trojans, Poseidon's revenge was endless.


work like a Trojan (or Trojans)

Work extremely hard.
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  • He works like a Trojan and takes enormous pride in his produce.
  • He carried on working like a Trojan and kept up a punishing travel schedule that took him to factories all over the Far East, overseeing the manufacture of his shoe designs.
  • He tells us that although there has been inactivity on our part, ‘the ground staff have been working like Trojans’.


Middle English: from Latin Troianus, from Troia 'Troy'.

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