- Classical Mythology. the wife of Odysseus, who remained faithful to him during his long absence at Troy.
- a faithful wife.
- a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “weaver.”
Examples from the Web for penelope
Professor Penelope Leach told The Daily Beast it was ludicrous to monitor young children in that way.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
January 7, 2015
But what is it like with no Penelope Cruz pouting in sheer red satin, without the massed paparazzi, and screaming publicists?No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
The couple has two previous children: Mason, 4, and Penelope, 23 months.Elle UK Readers Are #NotHappy with Pharrell; Rihanna’s Fragrance Campaign Restricted in U.K.
The Fashion Beast Team
June 4, 2014
In 1966 the writer Penelope Mortimer endured a painful sterilization operation that left her with a giant scar across her belly.The Neglected Penelope Mortimer Was a Novelist Ahead of Her Time
March 25, 2014
“We started this idea when Kourtney was pregnant with Penelope,” Kim Kardashian said of her older sister.Russia Bans Lace Panties; Kardashians Launch Kids' Clothing Line
The Fashion Beast Team
February 19, 2014
It was left a kingdom without a king, and Penelope was fair and wise.
And when all was ready, Penelope went away to her chamber to weep.
On his way upstairs he cursed the maxims of his mother Penelope.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
And this maid with as many suitors as Penelope, is she very beautiful?The Suitors of Yvonne
My Aunt Penelope had a large tabby cat, which I also hated and used ill.The Fairchild Family
Mary Martha Sherwood
- Greek myth the wife of Odysseus, who remained true to him during his long absence despite the importunities of many suitors
Word Origin and History for penelope
fem. proper name, name of the faithful wife in the "Odyssey," from Greek Penelopeia, probably related to pene "thread on the bobbin," from penos "web," cognate with Latin pannus "cloth garment" (see pane (n.)). Used in English as the type of the virtuous wife (1580) as it was in Latin.
The wife of Odysseus in classical mythology. Penelope remained true to her husband for the ten years he spent fighting in the Trojan War (see also Trojan War) and for the ten years it took him to return from Troy, even though she was harassed by men who wanted to marry her. She promised to choose a suitor after she had finished weaving a shroud for her father-in-law, but every night she unraveled what she had woven during the day. After three years, her trick was discovered, but she still managed to put her suitors off until Odysseus returned and killed them.