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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

Examples of mentor in a Sentence

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
If the Mozart concerto that followed represented Uchida the performer, the rest of the festival showed her influence as a mentor. Joshua Barone, New York Times, 11 June 2024 With friend and mentor Michael Thomas no longer on the team, Olave will lead a low-experience positional group that also includes a second-year player in 6-foot-3 1/2 A.T. Perry and a rookie in powerful Bub Means, in addition to Olave’s backup, the veteran Equanimeous St. Brown. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2024
Fellows were selected through a review process that included interviews and mentoring sessions with community leaders, Bush Fellow alumni and Bush Foundation staff. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 12 June 2024 And they were never mentored or disciplined by Black teachers. Jennifer Berry Hawes, ProPublica, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for mentor 

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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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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