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Ulysses

[yoo-lis-eez; also British yoo-luh-seez]
noun
  1. Latin name for Odysseus.
  2. (italics) a psychological novel (1922) by James Joyce.
  3. a male given name.
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Historical Examples of ulysses

  • He was the Ulysses of pirates, the beloved not only of Mercury, but of Minerva.

  • But Ulysses did not waste much time in listening to the laughter or the song.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But Ulysses had no time to waste in trying to get at the mystery.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Ulysses took command of the remaining twenty-two men, in person.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • On entering the hall, Ulysses saw the magic fountain in the center of it.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne


British Dictionary definitions for ulysses

Ulysses

noun
  1. the Latin name of Odysseus
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Word Origin and History for ulysses

Ulysses

Latin name for Odysseus, from Latin Ulysses, Ulixes. Famous for wandering as well as craftiness and ability at deceit. For -d- to -l- alteration, see lachrymose.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ulysses in Culture

Ulysses

The Roman name of the Greek hero Odysseus.

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Note

In the Aeneid of Virgil, which was written in Latin, Odysseus is called Ulysses.

Note

The Irish author James Joyce adopted the name for the title of his masterpiece of the early twentieth century, which is, in part, a retelling of the myth of Odysseus.
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