Laertes

noun

La·​er·​tes lā-ˈər-tēz How to pronounce Laertes (audio)
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1
: the father of Odysseus in Greek mythology
2
: the son of Polonius and brother of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet

Word History

Etymology

Latin, from Greek Laertēs

First Known Use

circa 1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Laertes was circa 1565

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Cite this Entry

“Laertes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Laertes. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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