[ awr-ee-ad, ohr‐ ]

  1. Classical Mythology. any of a group of nymphs who were the companions of Artemis.

Origin of oread

<Latin Orēad- (stem of Orēas) <Greek Oreiad- (stem of Oreiás), noun use of oreiás of the mountains, equivalent to órei(os) of the mountains (derivative of óros mountain) + -as feminine patronymic suffix

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How to use oread in a sentence

  • She looked now like an oread aswoon in the midday heats, pure of thought or dread or memory.

    Rest Harrow | Maurice Hewlett
  • Once again, O wondrous oread, I drink in delighted the sweet effulgence of your rays.

    Lady Eureka, v. 3 (of 3) | Robert Folkestone Williams
  • The Tremenheeres give a tennis party; hie you to it, and if this oread of yours be mortal, she will surely there be found.

    A Mock Idyl | Percy Ross
  • Echo was a beautiful oread, fond of the woods and hills, a favorite of Diana, whom she attended in the chase.

  • The oread's body was sanguine brown, only her breast, which I saw half-revealed through a slit in her smock, was snowy white.

    Lore of Proserpine | Maurice Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for oread


/ (ˈɔːrɪˌæd) /

  1. Greek myth a mountain nymph

Origin of oread

C16: via Latin from Greek Oreias, from oros mountain

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