What does Hamlet mean?

Definitions for Hamletˈhæm lɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Hamlet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hamlet, crossroads(noun)

    a community of people smaller than a village

  2. Hamlet(noun)

    the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who hoped to avenge the murder of his father

  3. village, hamlet(noun)

    a settlement smaller than a town


  1. hamlet(Noun)

    A small village or a group of houses.

  2. hamlet(Noun)

    A village that does not have its own church.

  3. hamlet(Noun)

    Any of the fish of the genus Hypoplectrus in the family Serranidae.

  4. Hamlet(ProperNoun)

    The eponymous main character of Shakespeare's play.

  5. Origin: hamelet, diminutive of ham (Modern French hameau) of origin. Cognates include home, Dutch heem, German Heim, Old English hām. (English usage before the 12th century)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hamlet(noun)

    a small village; a little cluster of houses in the country


  1. Hamlet

    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius's brother and Prince Hamlet's father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king's widow and Prince Hamlet's mother. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness – from overwhelming grief to seething rage – and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption. Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others." The play was one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed, topping the Royal Shakespeare Company's performance list since 1879. It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch, and has been described as "the world's most filmed story after Cinderella". Shakespeare based Hamlet on the legend of Amleth, preserved by 13th-century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum as subsequently retold by 16th-century scholar François de Belleforest. He may also have drawn on or perhaps written an earlier Elizabethan play known today as the Ur-Hamlet. He almost certainly created the title role for Richard Burbage, the leading tragedian of Shakespeare's time. In the 400 years since, the role has been performed by highly acclaimed actors and actresses from each successive age.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hamlet

    ham′let, n. a cluster of houses in the country: a small village.—adj. Ham′leted, located in a hamlet. [O. Fr. hamel (Fr. hameau), and dim. affix -et—from Teut., Old Fris. ham, a home, Ger. heim, A.S. hám, a dwelling.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hamlet in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hamlet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tom Masson:

    Hamlet is the tragedy of tackling a family problem too soon after college.

  2. Jerzy Limon:

    When I heard that they produced 'Hamlet', I said to myself, 'Wow, we must have it'.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Hamlet Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel Polonius By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed. Hamlet Methinks it is like a weasel. Polonius It is backed like a weasel. Hamlet Or like a whale Polonius Very like a whale.

  4. A. Whitney Griswold:

    Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the Mona Lisa painted by a club Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals. The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Modern life is full of challenges, such as daily demands, deadlines, hassles and frustrations. Whenever the threat of any challenge outweighs one's perception of her/his ability to manage that threat, it can be an onset of Stress. I find it interesting that William Shakespear had offered a perfect strategy to manage the Stress - in his famous play "Hamlet". In this play, Hamlet makes a powerful statement: "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." In this one sentence, Shakespear teaches us that if we change our thoughts about a potentially threatening situation, we should be able to not only cope with the stress, but also lower our stress significantly. By now it's a well-established fact in Psychology that thinking positively, and transforming the threat into a potntial opportunity, empowers us to protect ourselves from the harmful side-effects of Stress.....and William Shakespear knew this fact more than 400 years ago. That's amazing!

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