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[ded-l-uh s or, esp. British, deed-l-uh s] /ˈdɛd l əs or, esp. British, ˈdid l əs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
an Athenian architect who built the labyrinth for Minos and made wings for himself and his son Icarus to escape from Crete.
Origin of Daedalus
< Latin < Greek Daídalos; see daedal
Related forms
Daedalian, Daedalean
[dih-dey-lee-uh n, -deyl-yuh n] /dɪˈdeɪ li ən, -ˈdeɪl yən/ (Show IPA),
[dih-dal-ik] /dɪˈdæl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Daedalus
Historical Examples
  • No one had ever heard of a saw before, and Daedalus was angry.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • But Daedalus, instead of being proud of his nephew, was angrier than before.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • On the outer wall of G is Daedalus, making wings for himself and Icarus.

  • Daedalus essayed the empty air with wings not permitted to man.

  • So it was not hard for him to persuade Daedalus to make his home with him and be the chief of his artisans.

    Old Greek Stories James Baldwin
  • The partridge flies low because Daedalus (who had seen his son Icarus perish through a lofty flight) was changed into a partridge.

  • That Daedalus was a very cunning workman; but of all his artful contrivances, this labyrinth is the most wondrous.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He fell like a leaf tossed down the wind, down, down, with one cry that overtook Daedalus far away.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • Among all those mortals who grew so wise that they learned the secrets of the gods, none was more cunning than Daedalus.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • Daedalus was not pleased when he saw that the lad was so apt and wise, so ready to learn, and so eager to do.

    Old Greek Stories James Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for Daedalus


(Greek myth) an Athenian architect and inventor who built the labyrinth for Minos on Crete and fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus to flee the island
Derived Forms
Daedalian, Daedalean (dɪˈdeɪlɪən), Daedalic (dɪˈdælɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Daedalus

father of Icarus in Greek mythology, builder of the Cretan labyrinth, from Greek Daidalos, literally "the cunning worker," from daidallein "to work artfully."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Daedalus in Culture
Daedalus [(deed-uh-luhs)]

In classical mythology, an ingenious inventor, designer of the Labyrinth, and one of the few to escape from it. He was the father of Icarus.

Note: Daedalus is a symbol of inventiveness and craftsmanship.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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