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.’
    • ‘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.’

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

Middle English: from Latin Troianus, from Troia Troy.

Pronunciation:

Trojan

/ˈtrəʊdʒ(ə)n/