noun \ˈnes-tər, -ˌtr\

Definition of NESTOR

:  a king of Pylos who serves in his old age as a counselor to the Greeks at Troy
often not capitalized :  one who is a patriarch or leader in a field

Origin of NESTOR

Latin, from Greek Nestōr
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek legend, the king of Pylos in Elis. All his brothers were killed by Heracles, but Nestor survived. In Homer's Iliad he appeared as an elder statesman who entertained the warriors with tales of his youthful exploits. He brought 90 ships to aid the Greeks in their war against Troy. When, at the war's end, the Greeks sailed for home, Nestor went in a different direction and missed the storm Athena sent to disperse their ships. In the Odyssey Telemachus, son of Odysseus, came to Elis looking for his father, and Nestor entertained him.


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