[ded-l-uh s or, esp. British, deed-l-uh s]
noun Classical Mythology.
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
Related formsDae·da·li·an, Dae·da·le·an [dih-dey-lee-uh n, -deyl-yuh n] /dɪˈdeɪ li ən, -ˈdeɪl yən/, Dae·dal·ic [dih-dal-ik] /dɪˈdæl ɪk/, adjective
< Greek Daídalos;
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Examples from the Web for daedalus
Historical Examples of daedalus
No one had ever heard of a saw before, and Daedalus was angry.
But Daedalus, instead of being proud of his nephew, was angrier than before.
On the outer wall of G is Daedalus, making wings for himself and Icarus.
Daedalus essayed the empty air with wings not permitted to man.
So it was not hard for him to persuade Daedalus to make his home with him and be the chief of his artisans.
British Dictionary definitions for daedalus
Derived FormsDaedalian or Daedalean (dɪˈdeɪlɪən) or Daedalic (dɪˈdælɪk), adjective
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
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Word Origin and History for daedalus
father of Icarus in Greek mythology, builder of the Cretan labyrinth, from Greek Daidalos, literally "the cunning worker," from daidallein "to work artfully."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Daedalus is a symbol of inventiveness and craftsmanship.
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