Atalanta

noun
At·​a·​lan·​ta | \ ˌa-tə-ˈlan-tə How to pronounce Atalanta (audio) \

Definition of Atalanta

: a fleet-footed huntress in Greek mythology who challenges her suitors to a race and is defeated by Hippomenes when she stops to pick up three golden apples he has dropped

First Known Use of Atalanta

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Atalanta

Latin, from Greek Atalantē

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Atalanta

Time Traveler for Atalanta

Time Traveler

The first known use of Atalanta was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for Atalanta

Cite this Entry

“Atalanta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Atalanta. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

Comments on Atalanta

What made you want to look up Atalanta? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!