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[ley-ur-teez, -air-]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. the father of Odysseus.
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Historical Examples

  • And Laertes says that "virtue itself" cannot escape calumny.

    The Man Shakespeare

    Frank Harris

  • He had none of the direct, passionate, conscienceless resolution of Laertes.

  • Laertes escaped by going abroad, but the girl had to stay at home.


    Christopher Morley

  • It was not long before they came to the green fields which were cared for by Laertes.

  • I desire to learn what became of Odysseus, the son of Laertes.

British Dictionary definitions for laertes


  1. Greek myth the father of Odysseus
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Word Origin and History for laertes


king of Ithaca, father of Odysseus, Greek, literally "gatherer of the people," from laos "people" (see lay (adj.)) + eirein "to fasten together."

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