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[mey-ter-lingk; French ma-ter-lan; Flemish mah-ter-lingk] /ˈmeɪ tərˌlɪŋk; French ma tɛrˈlɛ̃; Flemish ˈmɑ tɛrˌlɪŋk/
Comte Maurice
[French moh-rees] /French moʊˈris/ (Show IPA),
1862–1947, Belgian poet, dramatist, and essayist: Nobel prize 1911.
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Maeterlinckian, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Maeterlinck
Historical Examples
  • Another annotated book is Maeterlinck's "Wisdom and Destiny."

  • Maeterlinck's lovely story of the bee interested him; he wrote about that.

  • Mr. Maeterlinck reiterates that it is incredible that we should not know the future.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting
  • Riley said he was sorry for people who had to go to Maeterlinck for symbolism.

    Passing By Maurice Baring
  • I told the story of the poppy as Maeterlinck has told the life of the bee.

  • Oh, Eppie dear, if only you cared a little more for Maeterlinck!

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • He showed her the volume he held, Maeterlinck—delightful dreamer.

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Easily, she retorted; but lets hear Maeterlinck, who has been waiting for you.

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Maeterlinck has the happy faculty of making people think they think.

    The Spell of Belgium Isabel Anderson
  • From 1889 to 1896 Maeterlinck wrote many poems and eight plays.

    The Spell of Belgium Isabel Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for Maeterlinck


/ˈmeɪtəˌlɪŋk; French mɛtɛrlɛ̃k/
Comte Maurice (mɔris). 1862–1949, Belgian poet and dramatist, noted particularly for his symbolist plays, such as Pelléas et Mélisande (1892), which served as the basis for an opera by Debussy, and L'Oiseau bleu (1909). Nobel prize for literature 1911
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