Definition of Trojan in English:

Trojan

adjective

  • Relating to ancient Troy in Asia Minor.

    ‘Trojan legends’
    • ‘In Homer's epic ‘Illiad,’ snakes are even the avengers sent by gods to punish Trojan priest Laocoon who warns the Trojans against the Greek's scheme using a wooden horse.’
    • ‘He prophesies the founding of Rome, after several generations of Trojan descendants are born in Italy.’
    • ‘But, when scrutinized closely, the later Roman relationship to Trojan civilization exists in name only.’
    • ‘Aeneas and a few other Trojan men escaped the city and set sail for a new land where they hoped to build a new Troy.’
    • ‘Once inside, the Greek soldiers poured out of the horse, sacked Troy, and burned it to the ground, carrying off plenty of wealth and numerous Trojan women in the process.’

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of ancient Troy.

    ‘I'll be working like a Trojan for the next twelve weeks’
    • ‘A war fought at Troy between the native Trojans and the invading Greeks.’
    • ‘They camp around the Trojan settlement and the Trojans watch them from their walls.’
    • ‘When he and Apollo were cheated by the Trojans, Poseidon's revenge was endless.’
    • ‘Helen is blamed for causing the Trojan War because the Greeks and Trojans were fighting over her.’
    • ‘Having heard that Crete was abandoned by its native ruler, the Trojans set sail.’
  • 2Computing
    A Trojan Horse program.

    • ‘A hacker may send a Trojan to any computer via the Internet by the use of an ActiveX component.’
    • ‘Also, because this program is a Trojan, and not a virus, it cannot spread further of its own accord.’
    • ‘A Trojan is a stand-alone program that appears to do one thing while in fact doing something else - probably harmful.’
    • ‘He discovered that the attack was being co-ordinated through programs called Trojans saved on innocent people's machines.’
    • ‘The email contains a computer program known as a Trojan that is opened when the person clicks on it and is installed on their computer without their knowing it.’

Phrases

  • work like a Trojan (or Trojans)

    • Work extremely hard.

      • ‘Staff at our hospitals worked like Trojans and came through with flying colours.’
      • ‘The head teacher won't mention this, but she was feeding everyone from the canteen wagon - she worked like a Trojan that night.’
      • ‘And she worked like a Trojan and her morals were irreproachable.’
      • ‘They have worked like Trojans and in appalling conditions.’
      • ‘He worked like a Trojan and he could not do enough for anybody.’
      • ‘‘They worked like Trojans,’ he said at the time.’
      • ‘I don't think anyone would argue that Tommy has worked like a Trojan for years and years.’
      • ‘He works like a Trojan and takes enormous pride in his produce.’
      • ‘He carried on working like a Trojan and kept up a punishing travel schedule that took him to factories all over the Far East, overseeing the manufacture of his shoe designs.’
      • ‘He tells us that although there has been inactivity on our part, ‘the ground staff have been working like Trojans’.’
      work hard, labour, work one's fingers to the bone, work like a trojan, work like a dog, work day and night, exert oneself, keep at it, keep one's nose to the grindstone, grind away, slave away, grub away, plough away, plod away
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Origin

Middle English: from Latin Troianus, from Troia ‘Troy’.

Pronunciation

Trojan

/ˈtrəʊdʒ(ə)n/