Definition of Trojan in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But, when scrutinized closely, the later Roman relationship to Trojan civilization exists in name only.’
    • ‘He prophesies the founding of Rome, after several generations of Trojan descendants are born in Italy.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of ancient Troy:

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

    • ‘A hacker may send a Trojan to any computer via the Internet by the use of an ActiveX component.’
    • ‘He discovered that the attack was being co-ordinated through programs called Trojans saved on innocent people's machines.’
    • ‘A Trojan is a stand-alone program that appears to do one thing while in fact doing something else - probably harmful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, because this program is a Trojan, and not a virus, it cannot spread further of its own accord.’


Middle English: from Latin Troianus, from Troia Troy.