Cal·​i·​ban ˈka-lə-ˌban How to pronounce Caliban (audio)
: a savage and deformed slave in Shakespeare's The Tempest

Examples of Caliban in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet Fitzgerald identifies a contradiction: Prospero will inform, Ariel will entertain, but Caliban is to be educated—two active figures and one passive. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 30 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Caliban was circa 1616

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“Caliban.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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