noun men·tor \ˈmen-ˌtr, -tər\

: someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person

Full Definition of MENTOR

capitalized :  a friend of Odysseus entrusted with the education of Odysseus' son Telemachus
a :  a trusted counselor or guide
b :  tutor, coach
men·tor·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of MENTOR

  1. After college, her professor became her close friend and mentor.
  2. He needed a mentor to teach him about the world of politics.
  3. We volunteer as mentors to disadvantaged children.
  4. young boys in need of mentors

Origin of MENTOR

Latin, from Greek Mentōr
First Known Use: 1616

Other Literature Terms

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: to teach or give advice or guidance to (someone, such as a less experienced person or a child) : to act as a mentor for (someone)

Full Definition of MENTOR

transitive verb
:  to serve as a mentor for :  tutor

Examples of MENTOR

  1. The young intern was mentored by the country's top heart surgeon.
  2. Our program focuses on mentoring teenagers.

First Known Use of MENTOR


Rhymes with MENTOR


geographical name Men·tor \ˈmen-tər\

Definition of MENTOR

city NE Ohio NE of Cleveland pop 47,159


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