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


  • A native or inhabitant of ancient Troy.

    • ‘Helen is blamed for causing the Trojan War because the Greeks and Trojans were fighting over her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • work like a Trojan (or Trojans)

    • Work extremely hard.

      • ‘‘They worked like Trojans,’ he said at the time.’
      • ‘He tells us that although there has been inactivity on our part, ‘the ground staff have been working like Trojans’.’
      • ‘I don't think anyone would argue that Tommy has worked like a Trojan for years and years.’
      • ‘They have worked like Trojans and in appalling conditions.’
      • ‘He worked like a Trojan and he could not do enough for anybody.’
      • ‘Staff at our hospitals worked like Trojans and came through with flying colours.’
      • ‘He works like a Trojan and takes enormous pride in his produce.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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Middle English: from Latin Troianus, from Troia ‘Troy’.