Te·​lem·​a·​chus tə-ˈle-mə-kəs How to pronounce Telemachus (audio)
: the son of Odysseus and Penelope who contrives with his father to slay his mother's suitors

Examples of Telemachus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Penelope, wife of Odysseus, daughter of Icarius, mother of Telemachus, defined primarily in Homer’s epic by her relationships to the men in her life. Trey Graham, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 That trope is as true in literature as in life: think of Telemachus, of Oedipus, of Hamlet, poor guys driven to distraction, or long-distance travel, or murder by the spectre of Dad. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 Their son Telemachus, who has grown up fatherless, is facing death at the hands of the suitors who see him as an obstacle in their relentless pursuit of Penelope and the kingdom. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 Throughout his book, Mendelsohn illuminates the parallels between his relationship to his father and Odysseus’s relationship to his son, Telemachus. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 Feb. 2021

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Tēlemachos

First Known Use

circa 1556, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Telemachus was circa 1556

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“Telemachus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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