Ti·​re·​si·​as tī-ˈrē-sē-əs How to pronounce Tiresias (audio)
: a blind seer of Thebes who in one Greek myth is changed into a woman for several years and then changed back to a man

Examples of Tiresias in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Protected by a black door with stained glass circles, the Mausoleum Tiresias is the first burial site for trans women in Mexico. Chantal Flores, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 Almost as an afterthought, Tiresias tells us about human senses and their vulnerabilities—for instance, premature macular degeneration, which has left Silver, their sight fading, singing hymns about photoreceptors. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 27 Jan. 2023

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Teiresias

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Tiresias.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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