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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ee-jis]
    • /ˈi dʒɪs/
    • /ˈiː.dʒɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ee-jis]
    • /ˈi dʒɪs/

Definitions of aegis word

  • noun aegis sponsorship or protection; auspices (esp in the phrase under the aegis of) 3
  • noun aegis the shield of Zeus, often represented in art as a goatskin 3
  • noun aegis a shield borne by Zeus and, later, by his daughter Athena and occasionally by Apollo 3
  • noun aegis a protection 3
  • noun aegis sponsorship; auspices 3
  • noun aegis Classical Mythology. the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena, bearing at its center the head of the Gorgon. 1

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Origin of aegis

First appearance:

before 1695
One of the 49% oldest English words
1695-1705; < Latin < Greek aigís shield of Zeus or Athena, probably from aig- (stem of aíx goat) + -is noun suffix, from a type of shield made of goatskin

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Parts of speech for Aegis


aegis popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

aegis usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for aegis

noun aegis

  • patronage — the financial support or business provided to a store, hotel, or the like, by customers, clients, or paying guests.
  • sponsorship — a person who vouches or is responsible for a person or thing.
  • auspices — an augur of ancient Rome.
  • backing — If someone has the backing of an organization or an important person, they receive support or money from that organization or person in order to do something.
  • shelter — something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms, missiles, adverse conditions, etc.; refuge.

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