Le·​an·​der lē-ˈan-dər How to pronounce Leander (audio)
: a youth in Greek mythology who swims the Hellespont nightly to visit Hero and who ultimately drowns in one of the crossings

Word History


Latin, from Greek Leandros

First Known Use

1513, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Leander was in 1513

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“Leander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Leander. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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