Mi·​no·​taur ˈmi-nə-ˌtȯr How to pronounce Minotaur (audio) ˈmī- How to pronounce Minotaur (audio)
: a monster shaped half like a man and half like a bull, confined in the labyrinth built by Daedalus for Minos, and given a periodic tribute of youths and maidens as food until slain by Theseus

Examples of Minotaur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advertisement Greek mythology tells us about the labyrinth, an elaborate structure built by the legendary Daedalus to hold a mythical half man and half bull creature known as the Minotaur. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2024 The story also has ties to Greek mythology with Theseus and the Minotaur. Dina Kaur, The Arizona Republic, 5 Jan. 2024 Her three battles with the Minotaur are an allegory of creative flexibility (expressed in Graham’s trademark technique of contraction and release) versus rigidity. Christopher Benfey, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2023 The Greek myths alone — the Minotaur, who was the child of an unholy union between a woman and a bull. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2023 What if the Minotaur were not the monster but the victim? Vivian Lam, WIRED, 24 Feb. 2023 Now he’s entered the labyrinth but has yet to slay the Minotaur within. Scott Nover, Quartz, 2 Feb. 2023 The Minotaur is the president of Roxxon Energy, so a role in the upcoming Captain America 4 sequel would be fitting, considering the massive rumors about the plot. Maren Estrada, BGR, 30 Dec. 2022 Electron did to the Minotaur market what the Falcon 9 did to the Atlas V market. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin Minotaurus, from Greek Minōtauros, from Minōs + tauros bull

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Minotaur was in the 14th century

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“Minotaur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Minotaur. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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