Seven Wonders of the World


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Seven Wonders of the World: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Seven Wonders of the World

In ancient times, the pyramids of Egypt; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; Phidias's statue of Zeus at Olympia; the temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the tomb, or mausoleum, of King Mausolus at Halicarnassus; the Colossus of Rhodes; and either the Pharos, or lighthouse, at Alexandria or the walls of Babylon. The list of manmade wonders was first compiled by a Hellenistic traveler in the second century bc.

Seven Wonders of the World

pl n
(Historical Terms) the seven structures considered by ancient and medieval scholars to be the most wondrous of the ancient world. The list varies, but generally consists of the Pyramids of Egypt, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Phidias' statue of Zeus at Olympia, the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Pharos (or lighthouse) of Alexandria
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Seven Wonders of the World - impressive monuments created in the ancient world that were regarded with awe
Artemision at Ephesus - the large temple of the Greek goddess Artemis which was begun at Ephesus in 541 BC and completed 220 years later; the temple was destroyed by the Goths in 262
Colossus of Rhodes - a huge bronze statue of the sun god Helios that was built around 285 BC and that stood beside the harbor entrance on the island of Rhodes for about 50 years before it was toppled by an earthquake
Hanging Gardens of Babylon - a terraced garden at Babylon watered by pumps from the Euphrates; construction attributed to Nebuchadnezzar around 600 BC
Mausoleum at Halicarnasus - a white marble mausoleum 140 feet high built in 352 BC at Halicarnassus as a memorial to a king; destroyed in 1402
monument, memorial - a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
Olympian Zeus - a seated statue of the supreme god of ancient Greek mythology created for the temple at Olympia; the statue was 40 feet tall and rested on a base that was 12 feet high
Great Pyramid, Pyramids of Egypt, Pyramid - a massive monument with a square base and four triangular sides; begun by Cheops around 2700 BC as royal tombs in ancient Egypt
Tower of Pharos - a great lighthouse (500 feet high) built at Alexandria in 285 BC
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
References in classic literature ?
In keeping with this is what they relate of that shepherd who set fire to the famous temple of Diana, by repute one of the seven wonders of the world, and burned it with the sole object of making his name live in after ages; and, though it was forbidden to name him, or mention his name by word of mouth or in writing, lest the object of his ambition should be attained, nevertheless it became known that he was called Erostratus.
From these old walls you have the finest view of the desolate scene where once stood Ephesus, the proudest city of ancient times, and whose Temple of Diana was so noble in design, and so exquisite of workmanship, that it ranked high in the list of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Then you shall know her,' said Steerforth, 'for she is one of the seven wonders of the world.
Muscat: An Omani national is looking to promote peace and understanding across the world by performing handstands in front of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The Egyptian Pyramids are the largest constructed monuments in the entire world; 4000 years old, they are one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
It was one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is designated as an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983.
Summary: It is one of the Seven Wonders of the world and was built in 1632
No windows stray dogs and then, boom, Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, the UNESCO World Heritage Site was undiscovered by the West until 1911.
The revamped airport is a gateway to the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and was a flagship project for CAAZ.
It meant the children could experience the pioneer expedition programme using virtual reality headsets to explore amazing settings such as Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef, the Seven Wonders of the World, they even went in to space.
Having set off on a journey to shoot a music video at each of the Seven Wonders of the World, it was time to create music magic at the stoic "Rose City.