Definition of Leander

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) a youth beloved of Hero who drowned in a storm in the Hellespont on one of his nightly visits to see her.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Mythical Being

Definition of Leander

1. Proper noun. (Greek mythology) The lover of Hero who swam every night across the Hellespont to meet her, and finally was drowned. ¹

2. Proper noun. (Ancient Greek male given name), also of a Spanish sixth century saint. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Leander

Le Notre
Le Verrier
Le antigens
Leader of the Opposition
Leaders of the Opposition
League Championship Series
League of Iroquois
League of Nations
League of Red Cross Societies
Leander (current term)
Leaning Tower
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Lear complex
Lebanese Hizballah
Lebanese Republic
Lebanese loop
Lebanese monetary unit
Lebanese pound

Literary usage of Leander

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1. The Connoisseur by George Colman, B. Thornton (1907)
"THE DEATH OF Leander been recently restored in a most satisfactory manner. The story of Hero and Leander is so well known that it need not here be retold. ..."

2. Mark Twain's Library of Humor by Mark Twain (1906)
"Leander BY SEWELL FORD I HAVE just run across Leander again — although, ... Never could I be as polite as Leander. With him politeness is no mere acquired ..."

3. A Bibliographical and Critical Account of the Rarest Books in the English by J(ohn) Payne Collier (1866)
"Hero and Leander: Begun by Christopher ... 1593; his " first book of Lucan " on the 28th September; and his " Hero and Leander " on the same day. ..."

4. Bentley's Miscellany by Charles Dickens, William Harrison Ainsworth, Albert Smith (1837)
"My song is of Leander, And lovingly the beacon-lamp requites, Which lured him o'er the ocean's back to wander, Sweet Hero's message-light, love's harbinger ..."

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