[ puh-loh-nee-uhs ]

  1. the sententious father of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Words Nearby Polonius

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How to use Polonius in a sentence

  • Polonius is handled in the same way with special reference to Hamlet.

  • I fancied at the time that, in Polonius's phraseology, the bone in question was suggestive of something "very like a whale."

  • People seem to think that a few Polonius-like apophthegms delivered at such a time may be of great importance.

    St. Winifred's | Frederic W. Farrar
  • Polonius is alive, having been only wounded by Hamlet; Hamlet's father also is alive, having only pretended to be dead.

    A Book of Burlesque | Willam Davenport Adams
  • Or perhaps I detected Polonius, found at last beneath the stairs.

    Hints to Pilgrims | Charles Stephen Brooks