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[ley-ur-teez, -air-] /leɪˈɜr tiz, -ˈɛər-/
noun, Classical Mythology.
the father of Odysseus. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And Laertes says that "virtue itself" cannot escape calumny.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • He had none of the direct, passionate, conscienceless resolution of Laertes.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Laertes escaped by going abroad, but the girl had to stay at home.


    Christopher Morley
  • It was not long before they came to the green fields which were cared for by Laertes.

  • I desire to learn what became of Odysseus, the son of Laertes.

  • Eumæus will soon tell how he came so young to the family of Laertes.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • The Phœnician galley came to Ithaca, "and there Laertes purchased me."

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Laertes fled to America, where he earned his bread by his pen.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Owing to my abrupt departure the fencing match with Laertes will not come oft.

    Lost Diaries Maurice Baring
  • Laertes, who has come down from the balcony, engages Wilhelm in conversation.

British Dictionary definitions for Laertes


(Greek myth) the father of Odysseus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Laertes

king of Ithaca, father of Odysseus, Greek, literally "gatherer of the people," from laos "people" (see lay (adj.)) + eirein "to fasten together."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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