noun, plural nai·ads, nai·a·des [ney-uh-deez, nahy-] /ˈneɪ əˌdiz, ˈnaɪ-/.
Origin of naiad
Related Words for naiadfairy, spirit, goddess, sprite, naiad, nymphet, sylph, dryad, mermaid, nix, Nereid, Oceanid, kelpie
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Contemporary Examples of naiad
First, a naiad is a water nymph in Greek myth—a woman who looked over the waterways.
If you look in the dictionary today, it says “naiad: any skillful female wimmer.”
Historical Examples of naiad
Why it is thus, one knows in heaven above: But, a poor Naiad, I guess not.Endymion
"She looks like a fabled Naiad just risen from the deep," was my criticism on her.Mizora: A Prophecy
Mary E. Bradley
Not so Aimée; her pencil had been busy all the while, but there was no Naiad on her page.The Hour and the Man
She vanished like a naiad startled by the approach of a mortal.The Trembling of a Leaf
William Somerset Maugham
That is as much to say, then, that the story of my Naiad has displeased the king?Ten Years Later
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
noun plural -ads or -ades (-əˌdiːz)
Word Origin for naiad
"water nymph," c.1600, from Latin Nais, Naias (genitive naiadis), from Greek Naias (plural Naiades) "river nymph," from naiein "to flow," from PIE *naw-yo-, suffixed form of root *(s)nau- "to swim, flow, let flow" (see nutriment). Dryden used the Latin singular form Nais, and the plural Naiades is attested in English from late 14c.