Al·​ces·​tis al-ˈse-stəs How to pronounce Alcestis (audio)
: the wife of Admetus who dies for her husband and is restored to him by Hercules

Word History


Latin, from Greek Alkēstis

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alcestis was in the 14th century

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“Alcestis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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