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[mey-ter-lingk; French ma-ter-lan; Flemish mah-ter-lingk]
  1. Comte Mau·rice [French moh-rees] /French moʊˈris/, 1862–1947, Belgian poet, dramatist, and essayist: Nobel prize 1911.
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Related formsMae·ter·linck·i·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for maeterlinck

Historical Examples of maeterlinck

  • Another annotated book is Maeterlinck's "Wisdom and Destiny."

    War Letters of a Public-School Boy

    Paul Jones.

  • Maeterlinck's lovely story of the bee interested him; he wrote about that.

  • Mr. Maeterlinck reiterates that it is incredible that we should not know the future.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting

  • Riley said he was sorry for people who had to go to Maeterlinck for symbolism.

    Passing By

    Maurice Baring

  • I told the story of the poppy as Maeterlinck has told the life of the bee.

British Dictionary definitions for maeterlinck


  1. Comte Maurice (mɔris). 1862–1949, Belgian poet and dramatist, noted particularly for his symbolist plays, such as Pelléas et Mélisande (1892), which served as the basis for an opera by Debussy, and L'Oiseau bleu (1909). Nobel prize for literature 1911
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