- 69–30 b.c., queen of Egypt 51–49, 48–30.
- a female given name: from Greek words meaning “fame” and “father.”
Examples from the Web for cleopatra
Remember the fiasco of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra?Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Finally Collide in ‘August: Osage County’
December 24, 2013
Schiff, for instance, conjures a scene with the young Cleopatra “scampering down the colonnaded walkways of the palace.”The Classics are Dead! Long Live the Classics! Mary Beard’s New Book
September 20, 2013
This document was unknown in 1985 when the last page was closed on my seventh Cleopatra.Chasing Cleopatra: Peter Stothard Writes About the Queen
August 8, 2013
Mark Antony supposedly gave the island to Cleopatra as a gift, and King Richard the Lionheart wed Queen Joanna there in 1191.What Bailout? Six Reasons to Love Cyprus
March 18, 2013
Later at the Pendleton home, the mother, Cleopatra Crowley-Pendleton, spoke of a daughter who loved reading and writing and Latin.Chicago Teen Hadiya Pendleton, Called ‘Best in Our City,’ Gunned Down
January 31, 2013
What magic in the utterance, what a revelation of Cleopatra's character and of Shakespeare's!
But to have been Caesar's mistress was Cleopatra's chief title to fame.
The whole scene is a libel upon Cleopatra and upon womanhood.
It is this greatness of soul in Cleopatra which Shakespeare has now to portray.
Mary Fitton was finer than his portraits; we want her soul, and do not get it even in Cleopatra.
- a yellow butterfly, Gonepteryx cleopatra, the male of which has its wings flushed with orange
- ?69–30 bc, queen of Egypt (51–30), renowned for her beauty: the mistress of Julius Caesar and later of Mark Antony. She killed herself with an asp to avoid capture by Octavian (Augustus)
Word Origin and History for cleopatra
A queen of Egypt (see also Egypt) in the first century b.c., famous for her beauty, charm, and luxurious living. She lived for some time in Rome with Julius Caesar. For several years after Caesar was assassinated, she lived in Egypt with the Roman politician Mark Antony. Antony killed himself on hearing a false report that she was dead. After Antony's death, Cleopatra committed suicide by allowing an asp, a poisonous snake, to bite her.