Daedalus

[ ded-l-uhs or, especially British, deed-l-uhs ]

nounClassical Mythology.
  1. an Athenian architect who built the labyrinth for Minos and made wings for himself and his son Icarus to escape from Crete.

Origin of Daedalus

1
<Latin <Greek Daídalos;see daedal

Other words from Daedalus

  • Dae·da·li·an, Dae·da·le·an [dih-dey-lee-uhn, -deyl-yuhn], /dɪˈdeɪ li ən, -ˈdeɪl yən/, Dae·dal·ic [dih-dal-ik], /dɪˈdæl ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for Daedalus

Daedalus

/ (ˈdiːdələs) /


noun
  1. Greek myth an Athenian architect and inventor who built the labyrinth for Minos on Crete and fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus to flee the island

Derived forms of Daedalus

  • Daedalian or Daedalean (dɪˈdeɪlɪən) or Daedalic (dɪˈdælɪk), adjective

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Cultural definitions for Daedalus

Daedalus

[ (deed-uh-luhs) ]


In classical mythology, an ingenious inventor, designer of the Labyrinth, and one of the few to escape from it. He was the father of Icarus.

Notes for Daedalus

Daedalus is a symbol of inventiveness and craftsmanship.

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