Nestor

noun
Nes·​tor | \ ˈne-stər How to pronounce Nestor (audio) , -ˌstȯr \

Definition of Nestor

1 : a king of Pylos who serves in his old age as a counselor to the Greeks at Troy
2 often not capitalized : one who is a patriarch or leader in a field

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Nestor was another character from the Iliad, the eldest of the Greek leaders in the Trojan War. A great warrior as a young man, he was now noted for his wisdom and his talkativeness, both of which increased as he aged. These days, a nestor is not necessarily long-winded, but merely wise and generous with his advice.

First Known Use of Nestor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Nestor

Latin, from Greek Nestōr

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

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