[ moi-ruh ]
/ ˈmɔɪ rə /

noun, plural Moi·rai [moi-rahy] /ˈmɔɪ raɪ/ for 1, 2.

Classical Mythology.
  1. the personification of fate.
  2. Moirai, the Fates.
(often lowercase) (among ancient Greeks) a person's fate or destiny.
a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for moirai

  • Even then these “Moirai” differ considerably from those of ancient Greek mythology.

  • Then the soul of the brave Herakles was stirred within him, and he sware that the Moirai should not win the victory.

  • But the mighty Moirai, whose word even Zeus himself may not turn aside, had fixed the doom of Meleagros.

British Dictionary definitions for moirai


/ (ˈmɔɪriː) /

pl n singular Moira (ˈmɔɪrə)

the Moirai the Greek goddesses of fateRoman counterparts: the Parcae See Fates
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Word Origin and History for moirai


fem. proper name, one of the Fates, from Greek Moira, literally "share, fate," related to moros "fate, destiny, doom," meros "part, lot," meiresthai "to receive one's share" (see merit (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper