Minotaur

noun
Mi·​no·​taur | \ˈmi-nə-ˌtȯr, ˈmī- \

Definition of Minotaur 

: 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

First Known Use of Minotaur

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Minotaur

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Minotaur

Dictionary Entries near Minotaur

minor triad

Minos

Minot

Minotaur

minoxidil

Minsk

minster

Statistics for Minotaur

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Minotaur

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

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on Minotaur

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with Minotaur

Comments on Minotaur

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

WORD OF THE DAY

the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

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!