c620–c565 b.c., Greek poet, born in Lesbos. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sappho

Contemporary Examples of sappho

Historical Examples of sappho

  • There was Rhodopis, for instance, who married the brother of Sappho.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • He calls her his silent Sappho, but I fancy Odalisque is a better name for her.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

  • And has my little Margy-wargles forgotten what Sappho said of an old maid?

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • It represented a recumbent Sappho playing on a nine-stringed lyre.


    Maurus Jokai

  • The princess raised her eyes involuntarily to the Sappho over the mantelpiece.


    Maurus Jokai

British Dictionary definitions for sappho



6th century bc, Greek lyric poetess of Lesbos
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sappho in Culture



An ancient Greek poet known for her love lyrics.


The word lesbian is derived from the island of Lesbos, the birthplace of Sappho, who was a homosexual.
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