Laertes

noun
La·​er·​tes | \ lā-ˈər-tēz How to pronounce Laertes (audio) , -ˈer- \

Definition of Laertes

1 : the father of Odysseus in Greek mythology
2 : the son of Polonius and brother of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet

First Known Use of Laertes

circa 1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Laertes

Latin, from Greek Laertēs

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“Laertes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Laertes. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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