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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English, from Latin, from Ancient Greek Ἀμαζών (Amazōn).



Amazon (plural Amazons)

  1. (Greek mythology) A member of a mythical race of female warriors inhabiting the Black Sea area.
  2. A female warrior.
  3. A tall, strong, or athletic woman.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Spanish, Río Amazonas. It is common belief that the Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana fought a battle against a tribe of Tapuya savages, in which the women fought alongside the men. He no doubt derived the name from the Amazons in Greek mythology.

Proper noun[edit]

the Amazon

  1. A river of South America that flows through Brazil for about 4000 miles to the South Atlantic.
  2. A region including much of this river; specifically, the region of the Amazon Rainforest, or of the Amazon River Basin.
  3. Used attributively in compounds.
    the Amazon River; the Amazon Rainforest; the Amazon Basin
    Amazon milk frog
Derived terms[edit]


Amazon (plural Amazons)

  1. Any of the large parrots from the genus Amazona.

Etymology 3[edit]

Chosen by Jeff Bezos in 1994 as a word beginning with 'A' which had existing connotations (see meanings listed in etymologies 1 & 2) of being exotic, different, and (as the Amazon River) the largest of its kind in the world.[1]

Proper noun[edit]


  1. Inc, a very large internet retailer


  1. ^ Ann Byers, Jeff Bezos: the founder of, pp. 46-7, Rosen Publishing Group, 2007, ISBN 1-4042-0717-1



Amāzon f (genitive Amāzonis); third declension

  1. an Amazon
  2. a female warrior


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative Amāzon Amāzonēs
genitive Amāzonis Amāzonum
dative Amāzonī Amāzonibus
accusative Amāzonem Amāzonēs
ablative Amāzone Amāzonibus
vocative Amāzon Amāzonēs