Jo·​cas·​ta jō-ˈka-stə How to pronounce Jocasta (audio)
: a queen of Thebes who marries Oedipus not knowing that he is her son

Word History


Latin, from Greek Iokastē

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jocasta was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Jocasta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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