Frankenstein

noun
Fran·​ken·​stein | \ ˈfraŋ-kən-ˌstīn How to pronounce Frankenstein (audio) also -ˌstēn \

Definition of Frankenstein

1a : the title character in Mary W. Shelley's novel Frankenstein who creates a monster that ruins his life
b : a monster in the shape of a man especially in popularized versions of the Frankenstein story
2 : a monstrous creation especially : a work or agency that ruins its originator

Other Words from Frankenstein

Frankensteinian \ ˌfraŋ-​kən-​ˈstī-​nē-​ən How to pronounce Frankenstein (audio) , -​ˈsti-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of Frankenstein

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Frankenstein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Frankenstein. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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