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men·​tor ˈmen-ˌtȯr How to pronounce mentor (audio)
capitalized : a friend of Odysseus entrusted with the education of Odysseus' son Telemachus
: a trusted counselor or guide
a mentor who, because he is detached and disinterested, can hold up a mirror to usP. W. Keve
: tutor, coach
The student sought a mentor in chemistry.


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mentored; mentoring; mentors

transitive verb

: to serve as a mentor for : tutor

Example Sentences

Noun After college, her professor became her close friend and mentor. He needed a mentor to teach him about the world of politics. We volunteer as mentors to disadvantaged children. young boys in need of mentors Verb The young intern was mentored by the country's top heart surgeon. Our program focuses on mentoring teenagers. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
In Florida, similar legislation allows veterans without degrees to teach alongside a mentor. Alia Wong, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2023 Willis was one of many people who called Estridge a mentor. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Jan. 2023 Learn about becoming a mentor, helping with the Trans Closet and more at The Courier-Journal, 12 Jan. 2023 Now, 48-year-old Moss plays mentor to her daughter Lila Moss, who is following in her heels. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2023 Olympian and world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien returns as host and mentor. Ej Panaligan, Variety, 12 Jan. 2023 The complexity, the ambiguity, is reminiscent of Nelson Algren, an early mentor and another essential influence. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2023 Donalds also volunteers in his church as a youth leader and mentor and coaches youth football and basketball, according to the biography. Globe Staff,, 4 Jan. 2023 DeSantis, 44, is widely expected to enter the Republican presidential race this year, potentially taking on fellow Floridian and mentor, former President Donald Trump, in what has already become a bitter rivalry. Steven Lemongello, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Jan. 2023
Then how he gets drawn into the central mystery is that there is a murder of a nobleman, and your friend and mentor within the scriptorium, an elderly monk named Brother Piro, is accused of the murder. Will Bedingfield, WIRED, 17 Nov. 2022 Leaders must prioritize and contribute to the development of others through coaching, being a sponsor, ally, advocate, or mentor. Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Today, the foundation works to mentor and support high school and college students looking to pursue careers in education. Char Adams, NBC News, 5 Dec. 2022 He was also authorized to serve as a junior coach and mentor for younger athletes. Asia Simone Burns, ajc, 22 Nov. 2022 The new gig will take Wexler to Good Karma's eight broadcasting markets as a coach and mentor drawing from that experience. Chris Foran, Journal Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 Take Dustin Runyon, co-founder of APX West, a lifelong real estate entrepreneur, coach, and mentor. Melanie Fine, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 Mike also stars Harvey Keitel as Tyson’s coach and mentor Cus D’Amato, Laura Harrier as Tyson’s former wife Robin Givens, Russell Hornsby as promoter Don King, and Li Eubanks as Desiree Washington, the model who accused Tyson of rape. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 20 July 2022 Mark Rylance, freely chewing upon the scenery as well), a bizarre character who tries to help mentor her but gives off a decidedly creepy vibe. Brian Lowry, CNN, 18 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History



as name borrowed from Latin Mentōr, borrowed from Greek Méntōr; as generic noun borrowed from French mentor, after Mentor, character in the novel Les aventures de Télémaque (1699) by the French cleric and writer François Fénelon (1651-1715), based on characters in the Odyssey

Note: In Fénelon's work Mentor is a principal character, and his speeches and advice to Telemachus during their travels constitute much of the book's substance.


derivative of mentor entry 1

First Known Use


1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mentor was in 1616


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Cite this Entry

“Mentor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
men·​tor ˈmen-ˌtȯ(ə)r How to pronounce mentor (audio)
: a wise and faithful adviser or teacher


2 of 2 verb
: to serve as a mentor for : tutor
a volunteer who mentors students

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Men·​tor ˈmen-tər How to pronounce Mentor (audio)
city in northeastern Ohio northeast of Cleveland population 47,159

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