[ thee-ok-ri-tuhs ]

  1. flourished c270 b.c., Greek poet.

Other words from Theocritus

  • The·oc·ri·te·an [thee-ok-ri-tee-uhn], /θiˌɒk rɪˈti ən/, The·oc·ri·tan, adjective

Words Nearby Theocritus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Theocritus in a sentence

  • Then began for these four people one of those existences of which every man has dreamed in reading Virgil or Theocritus.

    Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Spenser has followed both Virgil and Theocritus in the charms which he employs for curing Britomartis of her love.

  • He blushed at it like a maiden lady, in spite of its having a parallel in a beautiful idyll of Theocritus.

    The Longest Journey | E. M. Forster
  • It seems to be the name of a genus of flowering plants, and also the name of a country girl in Theocritus and Virgil.

    Sixes and Sevens | O. Henry
  • Menander Euripides Theocritus Thucydides was playing close by the pasture-bars.

    The Story of Opal | Opal Whiteley

British Dictionary definitions for Theocritus


/ (θɪˈɒkrɪtəs) /

  1. ?310–?250 bc, Greek poet, born in Syracuse. He wrote the first pastoral poems in Greek literature and was closely imitated by Virgil

Derived forms of Theocritus

  • Theocritan or Theocritean (θɪˌɒkrɪˈtiːən), adjective, noun

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