Definition of Thermopylae in US English:


proper noun

  • A narrow pass between the mountains and the sea in Greece, about 120 miles (200 km) northwest of Athens, now much widened by the recession of the sea. In 480 BC it was the scene of the defense against the Persian army of Xerxes I by 6,000 Greeks; among them were 300 Spartans, all of whom, including their king Leonidas, were killed.