Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of east-central Greece on the Saronic Gulf southwest of Athens. Its port was built in the 5th century B.C. and after extensive development in the mid-19th century became the principal seaport of the country. In ancient times it was connected with Athens by the Long Walls, two parallel walls some 183 m (600 ft) apart. Population: 175,000.

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  • proper n. A city in Greece.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Πειραιεύς. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then he spake to Piraeus, his trusty companion: ‘Piraeus, son of Clytius, thou that at other seasons hearkenest to me above all my company who went with me to Pylos, even now, I pray, lead this stranger home with thee, and give heed to treat him lovingly and with worship in thy house till I come.

    Book XV

  • KAKISSIS: In June, Cosco assumed full control of the major container port in Piraeus, southwest of the Greek capital.

    Chinese Investment In Greece Spurs Mixed Reaction

  • The tensions between the British-led contingent (that had arrived in Piraeus after the departure of the German troops in April) and EAM-ELAS had been on the ascendancy for some months.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

  • When I went to the Cyclades the ferry before us sank and 100 people died and we were stuck in Piraeus, sleeping on the floor of the ferry lounge, for two days and nights …

    holiday

  • [C] ustoms authorities in Piraeus seized two containers containing some 800,000 packs of contraband cigarettes ...

    Boing Boing: January 9, 2005 - January 15, 2005 Archives

  • Eventually, Polias moved to longer distances, training near the sea in Piraeus, designed by architect Hippodamus of Miletus at the urging of Pericles in the fifth century B.C.

    USATODAY.com - Polias knows what it means to be a Greek marathoner

  • Francis Vavassor, 15 a learned French jesuit, entered at greater length on this subject, and produced further proofs from internal evidence, from the use of the word Piraeus in describing the harbour of Athens, a name which was not given till two hundred years after Aesop, and from the introduction of other modern words, that many of these fables must have been at least committed to writing posterior to the time of Aesop, and more boldly suggests Babrias as their author or collector.

    Fables

  • His 15 tugboats have been subcontracted by Cosco in Piraeus.

    Chinese Investment In Greece Spurs Mixed Reaction

  • Themistocles also wanted Athenians to take advantage of the ports in Piraeus.

    USATODAY.com - Polias knows what it means to be a Greek marathoner

  • They were formed up farther to the southeast, east of Psyttaleia in the waters toward Piraeus, that is, outside of the straits altogether.

    The Battle of Salamis

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