noun Classical Mythology.

a Nereid, the wife of Peleus and the mother of Achilles. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thetis

Historical Examples of thetis

  • His lady mother, Thetis, rises from the depths of the sea to console him, and provides him a suit of armor fashioned by Hephstus.

    Greek Women

    Mitchell Carroll

  • Men say that you are son to noble Peleus, and that your mother is Thetis, fair-haired daughter of the sea.

  • Thetis of the Silver-foot ought to have been her mother, and some strong warrior king her father.

    Barbara Lynn

    Emily J. Jenkinson

  • Her husband learned that her child—for she was pregnant—would be greater than its father, as in the case of the child of Thetis.

  • Thetis is given in wedlock to the mortal Peleus, and Achilles is born.

British Dictionary definitions for thetis



one of the Nereids and mother of Achilles by Peleus
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Word Origin and History for thetis


name of a sea nymph or Nereid, mother of Achiles. Sometimes in poetry, "the sea personified."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper