ore·​ad ˈȯr-ē-ˌad How to pronounce oread (audio)
: any of the nymphs of mountains and hills in Greek mythology

Examples of oread in a Sentence

oreads supposedly prefer to live in hills and mountains

Word History


Middle English oreades, plural, from Latin oread-, oreas, from Greek oreiad-, oreias, from oreios of a mountain, from oros mountain — more at orient entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Oread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oread. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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ore·​ad ˈōr-ē-ˌad How to pronounce oread (audio)
: a nymph of mountains and hills in Greek mythology
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