[ on-deen, awn-; for 2 also French awn-deen ]
/ ɒnˈdin, ɔn-; for 2 also French ɔ̃ˈdin /


(initial capital letter, italics) a play (1939) by Jean Giraudoux.
(initial capital letter, italics) a ballet (1958) choreographed by Frederick Ashton, with musical score by Hans W. Henze.


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Example sentences from the Web for ondine

  • Looking towards the quarter from which it came, he again saw the "Ondine of Paris."

    The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • At first I thought it was an optical delusion, or a fairy scene raised by the magic power of Ondine, the queen of the waters.

  • Nay, did I not see Mademoiselle shake hands with the Ondine?

    The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton