le·​the ˈlē-thē How to pronounce lethe (audio)
capitalized : a river in Hades whose waters cause drinkers to forget their past
lethean adjective often capitalized

Word History


Latin, from Greek Lēthē, from lēthē forgetfulness; akin to Greek lanthanein to escape notice, lanthanesthai to forget — more at latent

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Lethe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lethe. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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