Mac·​beth mək-ˈbeth How to pronounce Macbeth (audio)
: a Scottish general who is the protagonist of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1606, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Macbeth was circa 1606

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“Macbeth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Mac·​beth mək-ˈbeth How to pronounce Macbeth (audio)
died 1057 king of Scotland (1040–57)

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