noun Classical Mythology.

the Fate who determines the length of the thread of life.

Origin of Lachesis

< Latin < Greek, personification of láchesis destiny, equivalent to lache(în) to happen or obtain by lot + -sis -sis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of lachesis

  • Lachesis announced the past, Clotho the present, and Atropos the future.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Here we are told by our law of cure, that the sphere of Lachesis commences.

    Apis Mellifica

    C. W. Wolf

  • The 'Lachesis' didn't have a mark on her and all we had was a few possible hits.

    A Question of Courage

    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • You say the 'Lachesis' and they say 'Oh, yes, the cruise ship.'

    A Question of Courage

    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • Not that I didn't expect it, but the "Lachesis" was worse than the "Clotho" had ever been.

    A Question of Courage

    Jesse Franklin Bone

British Dictionary definitions for lachesis



Greek myth one of the three Fates

Word Origin for Lachesis

via Latin from Greek, from lakhesis destiny, from lakhein to befall by lot
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