[ ar-uh-stof-uh-neez ]

  1. 448?–385? b.c., Athenian comic dramatist.

Other words from Aristophanes

  • A·ris·to·phan·ic [uh-ris-tuh-fan-ik], /əˌrɪs təˈfæn ɪk/, adjective

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How to use Aristophanes in a sentence

  • Aristophanes seems, indeed, to have been regarded by his contemporaries as a man of noble character.

    The Frogs | Aristophanes
  • Aristophanes gave him more pleasure than Sophocles, Plautus than Horace, whose merit he thought over-praised.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 | Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for Aristophanes


/ (ˌærɪˈstɒfəˌniːz) /

  1. ?448–?380 bc, Greek comic dramatist, who satirized leading contemporary figures such as Socrates and Euripides. Eleven of his plays are extant, including The Clouds, The Frogs, The Birds, and Lysistrata

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Cultural definitions for Aristophanes


[ (ar-i-stof-uh-neez) ]

An ancient Greek dramatist, the author of such comedies as The Clouds and Lysistrata.

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