from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The highest judicial and legislative council of ancient Athens.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The supreme judicial and legislative council of ancient Athens
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The highest judicial court at Athens. Its sessions were held on Mars' Hill. Hence, any high court or tribunal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rocky hill in Athens, situated immediately to the west of the Acropolis; hence, the sovereign tribunal or council of elders which held its sittings on this hill from unrecorded antiquity.
- n. Hence Any body, company, or tribunal of which the decisions, opinions, or criticisms are final or carry great weight: as, the Areopagus of public opinion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the highest governmental assembly in ancient Athens (later a judicial court)
- n. a hill to the to the west of the Athenian acropolis where met the highest governmental council of ancient Athens and later a judicial court
Latin, from Greek Areios pagos, hill of Ares, Areopagus (where the tribunal met) : Areios, of Ares (from Arēs, Ares) + pagos, stiff mass, hill (from pēgnunai, pag-, to stick, stiffen; see pag- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Άρειος Πάγος ("Areios Pagos"), the "Rock of Ares", which in classical times functioned as the high Court of Appeal for criminal and civil cases in Athens. (Wiktionary)