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

  • n. A legendary figure who, out of devotion, pledged his life as a guarantee that his condemned friend Pythias would return to face execution. Both were subsequently pardoned.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name
  • proper n. An English and Scottish patronymic surname.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as daman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the friend of Phintias who pledged his life that Phintias would return (4th century BC)


From Ancient Greek Δάμων, a name famous for the story of Damon and Pythias; derivative of δαμάζω ("to tame, subdue"). (Wiktionary)



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