noun (used with a singular verb) Law.
- lachaise, gaston,
- lachryma christi
Origin of laches
Examples from the Web for laches
And on rent-day we shall ask the man to wait till Laches of Collytus is dead; he shall have it after the wedding.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4|Lucian of Samosata
The characters of Nicias and Laches are indicated by their opinions on the exhibition of the man fighting in heavy armour.
Some points of resemblance, and some points of difference, appear in the Laches when compared with the Charmides and Lysis.
I particularly observed how superior he was to Laches in presence of mind.Symposium|Plato
In the Charmides, as also in the Laches, he is described as middle-aged; in the Lysis he is advanced in years.Lysis|Plato
Word Origin for laches
"negligence in performance of legal dute," 1570s, earlier simply "slackness, negligence, want of zeal," late 14c., from Anglo-French laches, Old French lachesse, from Old French lasche (Modern French lâche), verbal adj. from lascher, from Vulgar Latin *lascare, classical laxare, from laxus (see loose). Cf. riches.