Laocoön

noun
La·​oc·​o·​ön | \lā-ˈä-kə-ˌwän \

Definition of Laocoön 

: a Trojan priest killed with his sons by two sea serpents after warning the Trojans against the wooden horse

First Known Use of Laocoön

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Laocoön

Latin, from Greek Laokoōn

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Laocoön

Dictionary Entries near Laocoön

Lanzhou

lanzon

Lao

Laocoön

laodah

Laodicea

Laodicean

Statistics for Laocoön

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Laocoön

The first known use of Laocoön was in 1582

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on Laocoön

See words that rhyme with Laocoön

Comments on Laocoön

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a trusted follower

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

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!