What does aegis mean?

Definitions for aegis
ˈi dʒɪsaegis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. auspices, protection, aegis(noun)

    kindly endorsement and guidance

    "the tournament was held under the auspices of the city council"

  2. breastplate, aegis, egis(noun)

    armor plate that protects the chest; the front part of a cuirass


  1. aegis(Noun)

    A mythological shield associated with Zeus and Athena shown as a short cloak consisting of a goatskin. The aegis of Athena is usually shown with a border of snakes and with the head of Medusa in the center. The aegis is more an emblem of protection and power than an actual military shield.

  2. aegis(Noun)

    Protection, guidance. Usually used as 'under the aegis' because of its origin as protection of the shield of Athena.

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Webster Dictionary

  1. Aegis(noun)

    a shield or protective armor; -- applied in mythology to the shield of Jupiter which he gave to Minerva. Also fig.: A shield; a protection

  2. Origin: [L. aegis, fr. Gr. a'igi`s a goat skin, a shield, a'i`x goat, or fr. 'ai`:ssw to rush.]


  1. Aegis

    The Aegis, as stated in the Iliad, is the shield or buckler or breastplate of Athena and Zeus, famously bearing Medusa's head, which, according to Homer was fashioned by Hephaestus "... and among them went bright-eyed Athene, holding the precious aegis which is ageless and immortal: a hundred tassels of pure gold hang fluttering from it, tight-woven each of them, and each the worth of a hundred oxen." The modern concept of doing something "under someone's aegis" means doing something under the protection of a powerful, knowledgeable, or benevolent source. The word aegis is identified with protection by a strong force with its roots in Greek mythology and adopted by the Romans; there are parallels in Norse mythology and in Egyptian mythology as well, where the Greek word aegis is applied by extension.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aegis in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aegis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of aegis in a Sentence

  1. Sima Vaknin-Gil:

    First of all, it's not under my aegis, secondly, you would have to expand the body called censorship dozens of times over in order to handle all of the existing WhatsApps groups.

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