Descartes

biographical name
Des·​cartes | \ dā-ˈkärt How to pronounce Descartes (audio) \

Definition of Descartes

René 1596–1650 Latin Renatus Cartesius French mathematician and philosopher

Learn More about Descartes

Statistics for Descartes

Cite this Entry

“Descartes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Descartes. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

Comments on Descartes

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

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!