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Ariadne

[ar-ee-ad-nee] /ˌær iˈæd ni/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë who gave Theseus the thread by which he escaped from the labyrinth: deserted by Theseus on Naxos, she became the bride of Dionysus.
2.
a female given name.
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  • He had scarce concluded, when Ariadne entered, attired like a bride.

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • I could no more invent the fascination that charms me than I could model a Venus or an Ariadne.'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Like Theseus, I picked my way along, guided by an Ariadne's thread.

  • Possibly in Ariadne may be a little hint for Nausicaa, saying, Beware.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • She eagerly examined the newspapers, but none of them mentioned the Ariadne.

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • She was absorbed in Ariadne, and the slow, blazing summer days were none too long for her.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • They ran mostly to the effect that Ariadne was about the same.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • Ariadne began to forget about the exciting time in Bellevue.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • “Oh, no—” Ariadne began to explain, but the doctor had darted to the window.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
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Ariadne

/ˌærɪˈædnɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë: she gave Theseus the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth
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