- Classical Mythology. any of a group of nymphs who were the companions of Artemis.
Origin of oread
Examples from the Web for oread
From Princess she had changed to Oread, and they did not know her in this new mood.The Princess of the School
I never ventured to read them to my Oread or fellow students.Confessions of Boyhood
There's a light passed from you, There's a joy outcast from you,— You have lost your Oread.
All your woods and dales are sad,— You have lost your Oread.
She was a child of the whole world, as the naiad is the child of the river, and the oread of the mountain.There and Back
- Greek myth a mountain nymph
Word Origin and History for oread
1580s, from Latin Oreas (genitive Oreadis), from Greek Oreias "mountain nymph," from oros "mountain," probably from PIE root *er-/*or- "to raise" (cf. Sanskrit rsvah "high," Latin oriri "to raise;" see orchestra).