American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology The fleece of the golden ram, stolen by Jason and the Argonauts from the king of Colchis.
- n. Greek mythology A magical fleece from a winged ram guarded by the hydra in the tale of Jason and the Argonauts.
- n. heraldry A chivalric order founded in 1430 by Duke Philip III of Burgundy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See under Golden.
- adj. (Mythol.), (Her.) An order of knighthood instituted in 1429 by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy; -- called also
- n. in Greek mythology, a fleece of gold owned by the king of Colchis and guarded in a sacred grove by a dragon; recovered by Jason and the Argonauts
“The only token of his imperial rank is the small badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece peeping forth from between the first and second buttons of his tunic, the cross of Maria-Theresa, and the medal accorded to every officer and soldier who has served fifty years in the army attached to his breast.”
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