Nes·​tor ˈne-stər How to pronounce Nestor (audio)
: a king of Pylos who serves in his old age as a counselor to the Greeks at Troy
often not capitalized : one who is a patriarch or leader in a field

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Nestor was another character from the Iliad, the eldest of the Greek leaders in the Trojan War. A great warrior as a young man, he was now noted for his wisdom and his talkativeness, both of which increased as he aged. These days, a nestor is not necessarily long-winded, but merely wise and generous with his advice.

Examples of Nestor in a Sentence

as the grizzled nestor of American film critics, he greatly influences what other reviewers write
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Word History


Latin, from Greek Nestōr

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Nestor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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