Dae·​da·​lus ˈde-də-ləs How to pronounce Daedalus (audio) ˈdē- How to pronounce Daedalus (audio)
: the legendary builder of the Cretan labyrinth who makes wings to enable himself and his son Icarus to escape imprisonment
Daedalian adjective
or Daedalean

Examples of Daedalus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advertisement Greek mythology tells us about the labyrinth, an elaborate structure built by the legendary Daedalus to hold a mythical half man and half bull creature known as the Minotaur. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2024 Browse the old bookstores—New Dominion Bookshop, Blue Whale Books, and the three-story book lover's wonderland, Daedalus Books—and on Saturday mornings during the warm months, swing by the Charlottesville City Market. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2023 Senior conservator at Daedalus Joshua Craine and Liz Vizza, president of Friends Of The Public Garden looked over the sculpture from atop the scaffolding. Kate Armanini, BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2023 By 2000 Hess and Walden launched their own Daedalus Cellars label. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 21 Mar. 2022 Seeking to escape, the engineer in Daedalus gets the idea to build he and his son wings of feather and wax. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 22 Apr. 2014

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Daidalos

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Daedalus was in 1546

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“Daedalus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Daedalus. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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